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Parole Hearing for E.J. and Jayson’s Killer

The following was submitted by a concerned reader, Mark Lewis:

You may remember the story of E.J. and Kilroy, two cyclists who were killed by a motorist driving under the influence of morphine and barbiturates. Said driver, Barbara Thomas, was found guilty but will have a hearing with the Colorado Parole Board very soon. If she gets paroled she could be out after serving only 13 months.

Police said she had been shoplifting at the Safeway on Colorado Avenue and banged into a man’s car in the parking lot before driving off and subsequently turning left in front of five bicycles coming down 26th Street. Her arrest record: four convictions of shoplifting dating back to 1983, drinking in a vehicle, careless driving and traffic infractions. She had an outstanding summons for a hit-and-run two months before the collision.

Friends of E.J. and Jayson urge everyone to protest this parole travesty with the Board and please email Tim Hand, head of the Colorado Department of Corrections Parole Board.

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8 Comments

  1. dmgApril 27, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Ugh. You hear about people spending decades in jail for being 16 and being caught with drugs, and yet you can kill two people and do slightly over a year as long as you’re driving a car.

    Email sent.

  2. Tony BullardApril 27, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Whatever happens, if this woman doesn’t get banned from ever driving again, there is no hope in our justice system.

  3. StevilApril 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Truly the only way to get away with murder is to run down a cyclist. It’s a proven formula.

  4. dmgApril 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Mr Hand wrote me back and said that the emails should actually go to the parole board and chair, since the DOC guys don’t actually make decisions:
    ,

  5. dmgApril 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    hmm, that shoulda been Board.hqlxpo16.hqlxdom18@doc.state.co.us and pbchair@doc.state.co.us .

  6. Tim Jackson- The MasiguyApril 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    DMG- thanks for the heads up. I sent an email to the addresses you sent as well. Let’s all hope that something resembling common sense and justice are found here.

  7. Tim Jackson- The MasiguyApril 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    FYI- this email does not work; Board.hqlxpo16.hqlxdom18@doc.state.co.us

    I’d recommend just using the second one.

  8. Babara Thomas Denied Parole « Urban VeloMay 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    [...] Thomas, who killed two Colorado Springs cyclists in 2008, was denied parole today. At this time, no information is available on when her next hearing [...]

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