At least the Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez realizes that convicted murderer Donald Ray Whittington, 58 of Houston Texas should not be paroled to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings who was convicted of murdering a woman in Albuquerque in the early 1980s. "He killed her and dumped her body on the West Mesa," Dietz said. "By the time she was found, they couldn't tell whether there was any sexual assault." Because of this action Governor Martinez firing the longtime executive director of the parole board and removed a board member.
Governor shakes up Parole Board amid dispute over option for lifers' release
Jun, 27, 2012 11:03 AM - Santa Fe New Mexican, The (NM)
....... After serving 30 years, Whittington, a Houston native, was paroled earlier this year to the state of Texas. But soon after his release, he allegedly threatened three people during an Alcoholics Anonymous group therapy session. "He also had a physical altercation with his nephew," Dietz said.
Whittington was arrested and sent back to this state. He's now in the prison at Los Lunas. "New Mexico was very lucky that nobody was hurt," Dietz said. "It would have been our fault. We did not do [Whittington] a good service when we paroled him."
Thompson was one of the Parole Board members who voted to parole Whittington. "We gave him a chance," she said, "but after he got out, he absconded."
Whittington's parole violations shouldn't reflect on other 30-year inmates up for parole.....
Of course, we also have Governor Pat Quinn of DeKalb County Illinois dumping criminals from prison into Alcoholics Anonymous - June 27, 2012 http://orange-papers.org/forum/node/1769