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Should this murderer go free? Help Parole Board decide

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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:

‘He fell to his knees and I shot him again’

 

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • MURDERERS , RAPISTS AND PEDOPHILES SHOULD BE EXECUTED WITHIN 90 DAYS OF CONVICTION!! AND ONLY THAT LONG TO LET A PRE-SELECTED PANEL OF EX-JUDGES REVIEW EVIDENCE AND TRIAL PROCEDURES !!

  • Would it be rude to recommend the gentleman be set free,
    .
    subject to whatever frontier justice that results from his next transgression…

  • No, he should not be paroled. His acts were heinous and deliberate. He took out his anger over psychological testing on an innocent person. He showed no mercy to his victim. He did not render aide. He left the victim’s house and came back three, 3, times. He showed no sign of remorse for his actions. Even if he is a victim of a broken mental health system, he took time to think about his actions before hand, told others before hand and then brought a friend over for “bragging” rights. Unless he’s had a lobotomy, he is a danger to everyone now just as much as he was when he committed this crime. 99 years was his sentence. We’ll talk when he’s served 80 years of that sentence.

    • Caren, your letter was well composed and well explains the dangers of allowing a psychopath to walk free among us.
      Never let him free.

    • Well said Caren.

  • No he should not ever get out! He spent a lot of time planning this! There is no guarantee he won’t do it again!

  • Do not release him on parole.

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