Sunday, August 08, 2004

Donald Riley Revisited

I posted on the parole hearing and impending release of Donald Riley.

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.
I recieved the folowing comment.

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!

I responded (using my normal heaping helping of typos, mispellings, and grammatical mistakes) that I was a blogger, who notes, and comments not a reporter. I also informed her that I don't get paid therefore I am not a proffesional. I also told her I would work on my spelling if she would work on her reading comprehension.

Trace seems quick to accuse others at being loose with facts indicates that her husband has been granted an appeal. He has been granted a hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence to warrent an appeal.

Trace Riley also commented at Nothing in Particular :

I am the wife of Donald Riley. Everything you stated in this article is so far from the truth. If you want a “real” story, research this whole story, dont write what you hear! Then you might have one hell of a story on your hands!!!Last I heard all of this was public knowledge, so what will it hurt to do a little research!? Read the court records! I promise you, his innocence will soon be proven! Texas does not allow appeals very often unless there is strong evidence!My husband is an innocent man,and there IS a murderer who has gotten away for almost 13 years. Justice will beserved!

Trace Riley

I thought her typos curious concidering her critisism of mine. There were a lot of links in this Blog Post and in the Comments that I found interesting. Some of these links provide insight to just what kind of man Donald Riley is. This one tells of his connections to civic organizations.
Although not widely reported, Donald Worth Riley belonged to the Aryan Brotherhood, a White supremacist gang that got its start in West Coast prisons in the 1960's. The group reportedly engages in extortion and drug operations in prisons and provides "protection" to its members. Like Riley, many Aryan Brotherhood members wear an identifying tattoo consisting of a Nazi swastika and SS lightening bolt and they all have an intense hatred of Blacks and Jews. Prospective members are told about society's ills in grossly exaggerated terms and then provided with easy scapegoats. Hateful literature which claims that blacks are genetically inferior and savage-like and which portrays Jews as greedy vermin is used to promote the gang and recruit members.

Nice guy huh?
or how About this one?
Riley was only 19 at the time of the shooting but had three drug-related convictions and was on parole when he and other Brazoria County teens came to Houston with what law officers said was the intent to commit a hate crime.

Lets see if I got this right, He is 19 years old, with three drug convictions and a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, 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."
I'm curious about the circumstances of Trace's and Donald's Marriage. An ad has him looking for a female companion.
FREE: 1 heart, honest and true. With a little repair it could be good as new. Write for details.

Hello, my name is Donald "Donnie" Riley. I am 31 years old, 165 lbs., 5´8" tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. I work out with weights daily. I love body-building. I am a college student who is majoring in business/computer science. I am also a leather artist. I make belts, wallets, purses, and saddles.

I am in prison for accessory to murder, a crime I did not do. I went to trial believing in the system and it didn´t work for me. I have continued my fight for freedom, and recently (5-2003) my attorney discovered the evidence to prove my innocence. I come up for parole 4/2003, but could be out before then due to appeal. I´ve spent a lot of time in prison for a crime I didn´t do. During this time I have learned a lot about life and it has made me a better man. I´ve been hurt and disappointed a lot in my life by friends, family, and, yes... Women. I am a good person who is honest and true. I don´t play games with the heart because I know from experience how much it hurts to be heartbroken.

I am looking for a single female (white, Hispanic, or Asian), 18-40, to correspond with. I want a sincere person. Someone honest and true who knows what they want in life. Is this you? Please include picture.

He is lying in this ad also. He was convicted of murder and not as an accessory. His info indicated his sentence was until 2010 at the latest. He recieved a life sentence. Was Trace a respondant to this ad? Did she marry him while he was in jail?

Hmm.. he doesn't seem intrested in Black or Jewish women. Somehow I'm not surprised. If Lacey wants to present her husbands case to the public, I would suggest that she provide links to counter anything I or any other blogger have to offer. Even better would be to set up her own blog, I will even help her set it up.

I've ripped off a lot of links and quotes from Nothing in Particular. Its a great site


On 8/08/2004 04:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I made another post after you commented on mine that Trace had visited you too. I like what you've done with the revisited post, pulling everything together. I linked your posts to my new post; figuring it might get better coverage if it's a new post, with a sensationalistic title, hitting the ping collectors 8^)

Marine Hero’s Convicted Killer Paroled Early

On 8/08/2004 06:14:00 PM, Blogger Liberty said...

Blogger messed up Sherri's Link it is

On 8/17/2004 11:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Trace Riley, once again.......My husband and I separated back when that ad was placed. As for me marrying him, yes, I did marry him in prison, but our relationship goes way past those prison walls. I choose not to go into detail with simple minded people, because you are all obviously very one sided. I have no problem answering any questions, so please dont mistake me for "hiding" anything! My husband has given an exclusive interview with a Houston Press reporter who happens to be investigating this case. This reporter has also found many errors in his trial, and plans on releasing the story very soon. I never claimed that my husband was a saint growing up, he made many mistakes. He deserved what he got for the crimes he did do, but he did not kill Tarron Dixon, and neither did John Carillo, or Jory Thomas. I can not discuss a lot about the evidence that his attorney's now have, but I can tell you as of October 14th, it will all be released.
I sincerely feel horrible for the Dixon's loss. I hope they find peace within their hearts. This has truly been a night mare for every one.
My Email is, I have nothing to hide, I welcome anyone who wants to discuss this matter with an open mind.

On 3/17/2005 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the article Trace had mentioned in her reply. It's a lot of reading..but interesting. Thought I would pass it along.

On 3/17/2005 08:13:00 PM, Blogger Liberty said...

I think the article anonymous mentioned is: It does clarify some oif the things that trace was writing about, but most of what I read, made it pretty clear that I don't want to see Donald Riley on the streets.

On 3/22/2006 03:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On August 17, 2004 the Riley's claim that Donald Riley did not kill Mr. Dixon and neither did Jory Thomas, or John Carillo? But what happened with the fourth person that was in the car that night?

On 1/31/2007 08:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Donnie's wife,

I live in Lake Jackson and know Donnie very well. He dated my friend when we were younger. He put her through absolute hell. He beat her several times. He even choked her before running over her purse several times. He called her the morning after the murder and told her to come get him in Houston. She died in an accident before she was to testify. I watched him and several other guys beat the hell out of people on numerous occasions for no reason whatsoever. Good luck to you. Hopefully you're not his next victim. Maybe you can go to prison and get an education like your husband so you can learn how to spell too.

On 1/31/2007 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made the comment about Donnie beating up my friend. I noticed that someone asked what happened to guy 4. His name is Bobby. I don't live in Lake Jackson anymore, but I have a friend that runs into him occasionally. He's out and about.

On 5/06/2007 08:33:00 AM, Blogger princess said...

Does anyone know the latest on this case? Did he ever get out?

On 7/12/2007 06:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Lake Jackson too and also know all the 4. Yes I agree that they did do very bad stuff but those who know them also know only 2 of them where capable of murder and it def. wasn't John or Jory. I think there is more to the story that people don't know, and if you read the court papers you would be shocked that anyone could be convicted of murder by what the prosocution had to offer. Not making things OK but I do believe a goog friend of mine is in prison for something I know for a fact he didn't do. And not just because he told me he didn't. I was with him!!!

On 7/12/2007 08:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also am from LJ and know all four of the guys that were together that night. I have no excuses for some of the thins all of these guys did all those year ago and with out a doubt some of them would have ended up in prison without this case but I do know for a fact that also Jorey and John were not a part of murdering someone. Just so you know John Carrillo is hispanic and we together hung out with all races and he was not a racist! My friend may have made many mistakes in his 17 years before this murder I know he had nothing to do with it. I feel for the Dixon family because I myself have children and that is a parents worst nightmare, but I think the person or persons responsible got away with it. If you don't think so look at the time line of events. I did and I know I saw the guys that night too soon at a friends house for them to have come from Houston.

On 7/12/2007 08:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just left the last message and Robert Folks was person number 4 and he was never indicted for the murder funny huh?? Seems really sad if you know him because of all of the guys he was the most likely to spend his life in prison and has for other things!!

On 9/30/2007 06:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Bobby Folks he is pure psycho trash and when I heard he was involved I assumed he shot the guy. As for John John he was wanna be drug lord at that time and about the size of chiuaua. Both of these guys were capable of killing. If you think otherwise you did not know them.

On 8/13/2009 02:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any new info? Are the 3 guys still locked up? How come the 4th guy didn't get prison time?

On 1/30/2010 11:38:00 PM, Anonymous lauren thomas said...

My name is Lauren Thomas Jory is my brother how can any of ya'll be on here commenting on anything if you did not know them my brother is a good person and a great big brother we all feel sorry for the family that has lost there loved one but what about us in the past 17 years of being locked up my brother has lost his whole life for something he did not do hes lost loved ones that he didnt get to say goodbye to like his 2 grandma, grandpa,uncle and his little brother now his dad is dying when does he get a chance to start his life its been to long for a crime he did not comment how could someone serve half of there life and there still be the real crimials out there living there lifes while are still stuck on them one more comment before I go I would like to let yall know one more good fact since this was suppose to be such a racist hate crime guess what my child Jory niece Laylyah is half black and he loves her to death we go see him as much as we can. THANKS think before you speak on someone else life

On 2/06/2010 11:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came across this blog while wondering what happened to John Carrillo. I went to school with him and his name came up in an interesting conversation today. In fact the conversation was about Bobby Folks....a couple of weeks ago he was at a bar and got into a fight with some friends of mine (one was a female) and they bit off my friends finger....YES, I said Bit OFF. She has lost 1/2 of her ring finger....HE IS NOW BACK TO JAIL....THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 4TH GUY.


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