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Ralph Northam's Parole Board Is Releasing Another Killer

Jeff Katz
June 30, 2020 - 1:44 pm

Ralph Northam's parole board continues its effort to release convicted criminals into the streets.

ABC 8News reports that a man who was in prison for murder has been granted parole and is scheduled to be released next month.

Donald Lee Brooks, who was convicted of killing Gerald Hall in 2010, was granted discretionary parole by the Virginia Parole Board in May. Brooks was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the murder of Hall, who was shot multiple times and stabbed outside the B & N Grill in Amelia County on April 12, 2010.

After serving only 10 years of his sentence, Brooks will be released on July 9 due to geriatric law. This statute stipulates that any person age 65 or older, who has served at least five years of their sentence, may be considered for release by the Virginia Parole Board.

This has sparked outrage from many, including the family of Hall, who are shocked and upset by the move.

"Doesn't that really just encourage our community to say — If you've got a problem with somebody, wait until you're 65? Then you can serve five years and walk free," Ruthie Webster, the sister of Gerald Hall, told 8News.

Round of applause for Ralph Northam's parole board.