Saturday, July 31, 2004

The Precinct Chair is pretty upset about the upcomming release of Donald Riley who was convicted of murdering Marine Lance Cpl. Tarron Dixon while he was home on leave. I must admit that initially upon hearing this I didn't share Gregs outrage about Riley's impending parole. I just figured the courts and the parole board knew what they were doing. However Dixon's family was never given an opportunity to address the parole board. Politically charged hate crime laws always seemed silly to me, because racially motivated crimes should be a part of the normal sentencing and parole concideratons. The courts acted responcebly giving Riley an approriate life sentence. Texas rules allow for parole after one forth of the sentence is served. with time of ffor good behavior. A life sentance is calculated to be 60 years. Given the nature of Riley's crime it is entirely unreasonable to release him in the minimal possible time of 13 years. The guideliness are made to fit the the most optimistic conditions. Dixon's family not only deserved an oportunity to give input, and they were denied.
The parents of a U.S. Marine who returned to Houston from dangerous tours of duty in Panama and the Persian Gulf, only to be killed by teenage white supremacists, plan to protest the parole of one of their son's killers. But they'll have to do it after the fact.

Dorothy Dixon said Thursday she and her husband, Andrew, were to be notified when their son's killers came up for parole review. Instead, Dixon was shocked to learn Thursday that Donald Riley's parole was approved last month, without any input from the Dixon family.

Marine Lance Cpl. Tarron Dixon had been home from his five years in the Marine Corps only two days when he was shot to death within view of his parents' southeast Houston home June 6, 1991.

Riley, 19 at the time of the shooting, had three drug-related convictions and was on parole when he and other Brazoria County teens came to Houston to, as Riley told police in 1991, "(expletive) with some niggers."

The Precinct Chair pleas:
It shocks me that this has happened. It's time to contact Governor Rick Perry and flood him with calls over this miscarriage of justice. His online contact form is here. His telephone number is (512) 463-2000. He may be contacte by fax at (512) 463-1849. And his address is Governor Rick Perry, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas 78711-2428.


On 8/06/2004 10:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can understand the Dixon family being upset for the release of who they think murdered their son. It is amazing to me how so many people want to put theirselves out there to keep a man in prison when they have no idea as to what the truth really is!!!! I am the wife of Donald Riley, and it amazes me how onesided the media can be. What the media has not told you is that my husband has claimed his innocence since day one.......what the Dixon's have failed to tell you is 2 days after the shooting, 2 women, unassociated with my husband came forward to tell the father, of the victim, THEIR friend told them her boyfriend shot and robbed this young man, and also told the father, in detail about the jewlery taken from the victim, which was later located at a local pawn shop, under the "boyfriends" name!!! My husband has been granted an appeal and it is set for October 14th. In addition there is a substancial amount of evidence that will be presented at that time to prove his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. If you guys will do a little research you will find a lot of holes in this case! It is all public acssess, so instead of writing something that sounds good, why dont you act like a grown up reporter and write the truth, and while your at it, learn how to spell appropriately! Your reporting is like your spelling..........very sloppy, and totally unprofessional!

On 8/07/2004 04:23:00 PM, Blogger Greg AKA Rhymes With Right said...

Second time I've encountered this whiner -- and the first time she has actually detailed what she is saying. It's a pity that she doesn't actually link to the evidence in question so we can examine it for herself -- but that would require her to actually act like a grown up and back up her claims.

I merely used the evidence I had available to me. If she actually has something constructive to say on the matter, she is always welcome over at my site to attempt to correct me, since she has never posted there.

On 8/07/2004 09:34:00 PM, Blogger Liberty said...

Mrs. Riley has me confused as a reporter. I don't claim to be a reporter, nor an investigator. I am a Blogger as the title of this site clearly proclaims. I don't get paid for my blogging, and generally I don't Report. I note, and give commentary as the information is made available. As for my profesionalism, I don't get paid for this, nope not a damn cent. I promise to work on my spelling if she, will work on her reading comprehension skills.

She also didn't understand my post. My was not about the evidence and the trial. It was about the right for the Dixon Family to be heard. The Parole Board is not about rexamining the trial evidence, but about fullfilling the Courts decision. They are to assume that the felon got a fair trial. I stand by my claim that concidering the nature of what Riley was found guilty of, that 13 years was not long enough. I never made claims about the guilty finding was correct or not, and she has not directed me to any links where I might find this information.


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