Release of Double Murderer Stirs Fury Over OR Parole System


Double killer Raymond Roy walked out of the Oregon State Penitentiary last week, freed after 24 years in prison for killing his brother and sister-in-law in Salem. His release has stirred frustration and fury, along with calls for a comprehensive review of Oregon’s rarely examined parole system, reports the Salem Statesman Journal. “It’s a travesty of justice,” said Steve Doell, the president of Oregon Crime Victims United. Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau described Roy as a calculating killer, and he disputes Roy’s assertions that he developed a new personality while he was in prison. “I think he’s a liar and a narcissist,” Beglau said.

Roy, now 60, will serve a three-year term of post-prison supervision. Appearing before the parole board in November, Roy said he became a new man in prison. He cited prison rehabilitation programs, self-help books and newfound spirituality. “I consider myself an open book now,” he said. Roy’s case is the second in recent months to ignite outrage about judgments made by the state Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, a three-member panel appointed by the governor. Last fall, the board granted parole for Richard Troy Gillmore, who committed at least nine sexual assaults in the 1970s and ’80s.


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