(1-minute read) DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR COMMENT
The Alaska Parole Board has heard from more than 220 Alaskans about the pending parole hearing for killer Jonathan Norton, since news of his upcoming parole hearing was covered earlier this month in MustReadAlaska.
The parole board will meet on Feb. 4 to hear Norton’s request to be set free after serving just one third of his sentence for the horrific murder of Duane Samuels in 1989.
Jonathan Norton rang the doorbell of Duane Samuel’s house one October morning, demanding his car keys and then shooting him three times. It was one of the most notorious murders of the era because it was both premeditated and a stranger murder.
Friends of the Samuels family have since created a website about Duane to give people more information, should they want to help the family keep Norton off the streets.
The parole board must receive letters of support for his release or continued incarceration by noon, Feb. 1. So far, most letters are opposing his release, MustReadAlaska has learned.
Write to the Parole Board here:
Parole Board: [email protected]
The Office for Victims Rights: [email protected]
The MustReadAlaska story about Duane Samuels’ murder is linked below. Caution: details are gruesome: