A man accused of a three-day crime spree that ended with the abduction and rape of a woman on a Cincinnati bridge last week should never have been out of prison, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said yesterday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Fernando Lee North, 31, was released from prison in 2005 and almost immediately violated his parole by committing felony car theft. Despite that, the Ohio Parole Board refused to revoke his parole, which could have put North back in prison for the 20 years left on his term.
A parole board official told Deters that the board “typically never makes an offender serve the rest of their sentence on parole violation.” Said Deters: “I am stunned that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction did not cause a violation to occur which would have resulted in his incarceration back in 2005,” he said. “These types of violent offenders should be given absolutely no breaks when they violate their parole.” Deters wrote to Gov. Bob Taft demanding that he rescind the policy that allows parole violators to remain free: “This policy is incomprehensible and works to the detriment of our citizens.”