I just received word today via e mail from VINE the service that notifies interested parties and victims of the status of an inmate they want to follow.
Patrick had come up again for parole before January 17, 2017. I had started preparing back in May and June for the protest because the way the parole system works they start pulling records (both pro and con) in August or september before the mandatory date.
It turned out that in the early summer I was notified by My attorney that Patrick had filed a bogus grievance against him with the Texas Bar Association. So, long story short, I had to get another attorney for my protest.
Since I have finally made contact with the victim’s family and work jointly with them to protest Patrick’s parole I notified the family of Jessica Witt what had happened.
On November 17 we were notified by VINE that he had been “set off” for two years (meaning he could not request parole for another 2 years) but then suddenly for no reason we could understand he got another “RE-review” and so we were notified to send in more e mails to the board.
I wasn’t sure exactly why he got another review, but he has become such a “jail house lawyer” and has filed so many federal law suits against various members of the prison staff for “violating his rights” over some internal punishments he had received that if even one of those suits were won, then his disciplinary problem would be taken off his record and he might get a re-review.
Fortunately, though, the two year set off he received was upheld and he didn’t gain much by all his jail house lawyering as it were.
Patrick has been in prison or jail since he was age 17 for all but about 12 months total time he has spent on the outside. I have no confidence that he has learned anything while in prison about how to control his lack of impulse, or that he has grown a conscience.
Another lady I know (from the internet and from news articles about her) was stabbed 19 times by her husband who tried to kill her, then cut himself and tried to claim self defense. He got a 7-20 year sentence. He was coming up for parole this coming year and she had contacted me about how to fight it. His father had written her and begged her not to protest it. As she and I worked on how she should protest it, she received word that her ex husband had died of a heart condition while in prison. Now SHE is FREE. She is released from the worry of having him get out, and of having to fight his release.
I can only imagine her release from the stress of knowing he might get out. I still have that stress to some extent, but I actually no longer live in TERROR. Caution of course, but not terror and will never do so again.
I can’t say I am not relieved that Patrick is inside for another two years, before he can even ask for a parole, but I cannot make my health, my sanity and my life dependent upon what he does or what happens to him.
For tonight I will sleep well, and safe in my home.