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Survivors Of Violent Crime Are Outraged at Oklahoma Release

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 6:33 pm    Post subject: Survivors Of Violent Crime Are Outraged at Oklahoma Release Reply with quote

Survivors Of Violent Crime Are Outraged At The Impending Early Release Of Convicted Oklahoma City Bombing Witness

Richmond, VA 23230 January 18 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Polly Franks, Board of Directors
National Coalition of Victims in Action
Telephone Number: (804) 564-9196
Email address: polly_franks@yahoo.com
And
Marsha Kite – Telephone Number (904) 687-4038

Survivors of violent crime across the nation are outraged at the impending early release of convicted Oklahoma City bombing witness Michael Fortier, scheduled for Friday,
Jan. 20, 2006.

“Justice is not served until those who have not been touched by crime become as irate as
those who have,” says Polly Franks, who serves on the Board of Directors of the National
Coalition of Victims in Action (www.rorpf.org). “Our organization is protesting the early release of Fortier, the perpetrator involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, who is
scheduled to be released after serving only 11 years of the 12-year sentence that was given to him. Let’s not ever forget that there were defenseless children in that building,
who never had a chance to grow up. The families of these victims have been handed a life sentence for which they will never be paroled,” adds Franks.

Marsha Kight, mother of Frankie Merrell, who died in the blast, spoke with survivors and victims of crime across the nation, requesting support in her efforts to keep Fortier behind bars. She firmly believes that this is an insult to all of the victims and survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing if he is released under probation and that when a sentence is given by a judge, the time should actually be served. She also states that a mere 12 years and a $200,000 fine were hardly enough of a sentence for the 168 lives that were lost. Kight states that this is an outrage to all victims and survivors of crime and is just another abuse of crime victims by the criminal justice system.

Polly Franks (polly_franks@yahoo.com)
National Coalition of Victims in Action
3102 Oconto Road
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone : 804-261-4041
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