A man who killed a 13-year-old runaway from Tacoma in 1993 — a crime that inspired Washington State’s Becca Bill for handling rebellious children — hopes to shave years off his sentence via a transferred to a Canadian prison, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Canadian government has agreed it would accept John Medlock, a Canadian citizen who is serving a 27-year sentence at a Washington state prison. His family lives in British Columbia, and Medlock wants to be closer to them. The Washington Department of Corrections recommended against the transfer yesterday, as have police and prosecutors. Authorities say it would put Medlock, 44, under Canada’s sentencing laws and quickly make him eligible for parole.
The idea infuriates the mother of Rebecca Hedman, whose body was found in the Spokane River after Medlock clubbed her to death almost 11 years ago. “I just don’t understand why he’s allowed his rights when he took Becca’s rights away when she was 13,” said Darlene Hedman. “I don’t get her. Why should his mother get him?” Gov. Gary Locke will make a recommendation to the U.S. Department of Justice. A state corrections official said the seriousness of the crime and the possibility of a lesser penalty were considerations in prison chief Joseph Lehman’s recommendation against the transfer, as were concerns over possible public outrage.