Upstate Senator Pushes To End Parole For Non Violent Offenders - WSPA.com

Upstate Senator Pushes To End Parole For Non Violent Offenders

Posted: Updated:

South Carolina Senator Larry Martin is pushing a bill that would end parole for non violent offenders. This comes after the CEO involved in the collapse of Carolina Investors was released on parole after serving less than a year behalf his sentence.

Larry Madden worked two jobs to save for retirement.

"I started off working when I was just a kid 13, I think I started working for 50 cents an hour," Madden said. @

In the blink of an eye all that hard earned money was gone. Madden was one of the nearly 12 thousand people who lost everything when Carolina Investors went under.

"It went from where we could have had anything we wanted, to now we cant having nothing we want, we just live on a disability check and that's it," Madden said.

Jack Sterling, CEO of Home Gold, Carolina Investors parent company, was granted parole Wednesday, after serving less than one year of his 5 year sentence for security fraud.

"It's a slap on the wrist for him and a slap in the face to the investors," Madden said.  

South Carolina State Senator Larry Martin understands why the victims are angry, which is why he introduced a bill that would eliminate parole for non violent offenders. It would require the person serve at least 85% of their sentence. Over time the Parole Board would be eliminated. would eliminate the parole board. @

"The confidence in the system is somewhat shaken by the fact that someone who is sentenced to five years is all of a sudden released on parole in less than a year," Senator Martin said.  

The law wouldn't help in the Sterling case, it would only be for future sentencing's. But the bill still has Madden's full support.

"I agree 100% percent" Madden said.

Madden says a law like this would have saved him the pain, of watching the man, that stole everything from his family, walk free.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:32:42 GMT
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of EasleyDawn Thompson, 53, of Easley
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.

    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.
  • 2 Women, 4 Kids Hurt In Lake Keowee Jet Ski Wreck

    2 Women, 4 Kids Hurt In Lake Keowee Jet Ski Wreck

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:59:29 GMT
    Authorities say two jet skis collided on Lake Keowee, injuring the two drivers and four children who were riding along.
    Authorities say two jet skis collided on Lake Keowee, injuring the two drivers and four children who were riding along.
  • Spartanburg Co. Deputies Looking For Home Detention Escapee

    Spartanburg Co. Deputies Looking For Home Detention Escapee

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:49:29 GMT
    Mugshot: Lonnell Norvell Chamblee (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)Mugshot: Lonnell Norvell Chamblee (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
    Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who escaped from home detention. According to an arrest warrant issued by the sheriff's office, 21-year-old Lonnell Norvell Chamblee, of Spartanburg, is wanted for escape after he cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and escaped from the home detention program.
    Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who escaped from home detention. According to an arrest warrant issued by the sheriff's office, 21-year-old Lonnell Norvell Chamblee, of Spartanburg, is wanted for escape after he cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and escaped from the home detention program.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.