OR Denies Parole To Rapist; Case Raised Transparency Issues


Victims of Oregon serial rapist Richard Troy Gillmore expressed relief at the news that he won’t be getting out of prison for at least two years, reports The Oregonian. Tiffany Edens, who was 13 when Gillmore raped her in 1986, said, “This has been my life for the past year.” The Oregon Board of Parole’s unanimous decision yesterday not to release Gillmore ends a yearlong battle over whether to let the so-called jogger rapist out of prison after more than 20 years behind bars. The board based its decision in part on recent psychological evaluations that diagnosed Gillmore, 48, as having a personality disorder with antisocial and narcissistic features.

Gillmore has admitted to sexually assaulting nine women in the 1970s and 1980s. A year ago, the same three-member board concluded that Gillmore posed a danger but could be safely supervised in the community. Edens sued to overturn the ruling, which led to a new hearing in June. The case drew widespread scrutiny of the parole board, which hadn’t faced a major controversy in more than a decade. In part because of the case, the board appointed a work group to consider ways to make the parole review process more transparent.

Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/no_parole_for_serial_rapist_no.html

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