McDonnell to Holder: Keep convicted killer Soering in Virginia
At a Capitol Hill hearing last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he was waiting to formulate an opinion on whether the Justice Department would allow the transfer of convicted murder Jens Soering from Virginia to Germany until he heard the position of state officials.
The answer was a bit surprising, given that various state politicians have made their positions very clear. Just before leaving office, former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) wrote a letter to the Justice Department, urging it to approve the transfer.
After taking office in January, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) asked the Justice Department to set that letter aside and keep Soering in Virginia. Soering was convicted in 1985 of killing Derek and Nancy Haysom in their Bedford County home. He is currently serving a double life sentence; if transferred to Germany, he would be eligible for parole in two years.
In an effort to clear up the confusion, McDonnell wrote Holder a new letter today reiterating that Virginia's position is that Soering should remain in Virginia. "Soering is currently in Virginia's custody for state offenses and he will remain so in order to serve out his Virginia sentence for the horrendous crimes he committed in our Commonwealth," the governor wrote.
Read the whole letter here.
May 17, 2010; 6:24 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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