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Convicted Killer Up For Parole, Victim's Mother Begs Board To Keep Him Locked Up

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DELAWARE - The man responsible for killing an 18-year-old Lewes man nearly 30 years ago was up for parole for a fifth time Tuesday. The family of Douglas Brockway has been fighting for years to keep Ransford Bryan behind bars. The Department of Corrections calls him a "model prisoner," but the victim's family is convinced he's still dangerous.

Peggy Truitt Brockway urged the Delaware parole board to keep her son's killer locked away for good.    Back in 1987, Bryan shot Brockway in the back of the head and left his body in the woods during a squirrel hunting trip in Lewes, Del.

"I also told them that he was a good actor from the time this happened. He put on this big front about how Dougie was missing. He told so many stories to police -- had them on wild goose chases," Truitt Brockway said.  

Peggy testified Tuesday morning, showing the board pictures of her son "Dougie."

"I wanted them to realize he was a real person. I read a poem that my son Matt had written about the loss of his brother and how it affected him," she said.  

Bryan is serving a life sentence, but Peggy brought a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to prevent the possibility of parole. And letters have been pouring in from the community, asking the board to keep him locked away.

"We also had senators and some other signatures to help support us," Truitt Brockway said.

Though she's been told he has a very good chance of being released, she prays she can sway the board.

"I think he'll do it again. He may not do it right away, but I really do believe he'll do it again," she said.

The board is expected to release their final decision Wednesday around noon.

If you're wondering exactly how the parole board processes a request, here's a quick explanation:

Eligible Inmates submit an application to the board. A report from the Department of Corrections is then requested, which includes information on institutional behavior, any self-help programs that the individual has taken, and the DOC's recommendation. The inmate is then scheduled for a hearing, and a face-to-face interview is conducted.

"Let's say that this is their first application for parole. They're on the right path; however they still have a lot of work to do. The board would refuse the application, the parole request. ‘Why don't you come back again in let's say 36 months. And during those 36 months, this is what we expect you to be working on.' And then the process can start all over again," Delaware Parole Board Administrator Johnette Graf said in a previously recorded interview.

The board will consider a number of different things in their decision, including victim impact statements, programming, institutional behavior, length of time served, seriousness of the offense and statements from the attorney general's office, among others. In order to get approval from the parole board, at least four out of five votes are needed.

 

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