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McDonnell denies man's parole

A German diplomat's son who is serving two life sentences for murder has once again been denied parole.

Jens Soering was denied parole for the sixth time last week.

Last month, the United States government refused to transfer Soering to Germany as outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine requested last year. Gov. Bob McDonnell revoked Kaine's request for the transfer soon after taking office in January.

Soering would have been eligible for release after two years if he had been transferred.

Soering told The Roanoke Times in an interview that he pinned his hopes of getting out of prison on parole.

The 44-year-old Soering was convicted for the 1985 stabbing deaths of his then-girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.

-- The Roanoke Times

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 19, 2010; 7:44 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Updates , Virginia  
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mcdonnell is a coward who is deathly scared of doing anything that could be considered "soft of crime".

he is no christian.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 19, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree with many of McDonnell's views, but I agree with his stance on criminals. If you don't want to go to (and remain IN) prison, then don't commit crimes. This guy killed two people. He doesn't get to come out and be free.

MarilynManson - how would you feel if it were your parents that he stabbed to death?

Posted by: ms1234 | August 19, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

that's an interesting question ms1234.

I would hope i would rise above the base animalistic desire for revenge and not sucumb to a life of hate.

I would want to be able to love again, enjoy my life and move past the tragedy.

Life is a precious gift and I have had to deal with the loss of more then a few loved ones, and I know in my heart that they want me to go on living and to enjoy those precious days that I have left without wallowing in self-pity over their loss, nor would they want my days filled with anger or dispair over them.

I believe in redemption.
I believe in hope.
I believe in love.
I believe in myself.

If I am trully a human, then I must posess the quality of forgiveness.
While I am not in any hurry to be tested on this, I feel in my heart I would pass.

My ability to love is infinite.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 19, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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