Parole Board releases 13 inmates, including 5 murderers


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ST. CROIX - The V.I. Parole Board released the actions it took regarding parole applications from a number of convicts that went before the board in June.

Of those on the list of just more than 30 inmates serving time for murder, rape, robbery, serious assaults, drug possession, gun charges and a few property crimes, the board saw fit to release 13 inmates - three of whom immediately were processed and deported from the territory.

Rapist Peter Bellot, and Jerome Felicien and Kitson Davis, who were convicted of first-degree burglary and related crimes, were deported because people who are not permanent residents of the United States who are residing in the territory face deportation if they are convicted of a felony offense.

Among the inmates granted parole were murderers Lyndon Fredericks, Adrian Santiago and Lorne Davis, who was stabbed during a fight in the prison last year.

Some inmates up for parole were not released and will have to serve at least a few more months on good behavior before they can petition the board again.

DeShaune Harrigan, who already has served 11 years of a 15-year sentence, was up for the second time in six months and was not approved for parole. Harrigan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the mid-day killing of 18-year-old Jason Carroll on May 23, 2000, on Main Street on St. Thomas.

Parole also was denied for Marvin Dominguez, who was convicted of brutally killing his girlfriend, Ann Patricia Haumacher, at their Smithfield, Frederiksted, apartment in 1999.

Dominguez killed Haumacher and buried her in the back yard several days before confessing to the crime. He is serving a 25-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2001 to second-degree murder.

Many of Haumacher's friends and family have been keeping close tabs on the hearings and said they have been writing letters to the board, expressing their desire to have Dominguez remain in jail.

Darien Wheatley, Parole Board coordinator, said the board is responsible for conducting review hearings for inmates who have been serving sentences imposed in federal and local courts.

Once the board hearings were completed during a four-day period, the board members voted on who should be granted parole, he said. The decision is made and the process begins to put everything in place before the inmate is notified of the board's decision, according to Wheatley.

Being eligible for parole after serving only half of any sentence is not a right afforded to the inmates, but it is a privilege that they can work toward attaining, Wheatley said.

Before the hearings took place, the public was notified and victims and others from the community had a chance to present written or oral remarks to the board, for or against the release of each inmate.

Parolees must adhere to a number of conditions set for them by the board, including not violating any local or federal laws during the time of their parole. If they violate any of the conditions, they can be brought back to appear before the board for a review hearing, and their parole can be revoked.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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