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Senate committee hears from witnesses in initial hearing on DOC investigation

By | February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Senate Law and Justice Committee held an initial hearing Monday on its investigation into the Department of Corrections sentencing calculation error that resulted in the early release of more than 3,000 prisoners.

Four witnesses involved in the DOC investigation testified about their reaction to the error when they first discovered it in 2012. A fix was not completed until 2016.

Watch TVW video of the Senate hearing here.

Matthew Mirante, Sr.

Matthew Mirante, Sr.

Among those who testified was Matthew Mirante, Sr., who notified the DOC in 2012 that there were problems with its sentencing calculations.

Mirante said he tracked the man who stabbed his son “from day one to everywhere he went.” He received a letter in the mail notifying him of the offender’s upcoming release.

He said that he calculated the offender’s correct sentence in five minutes and notified the DOC of the error. “I did it all by myself by hand,” he said. “Was about 45 days early. So at that particular time I made a phone call and said, ‘You know you guys need to check.’”

“Bottom line is, it was exact to the day I said. The day they calculated, after they did it by hand, it was right,” he said. “So obviously the computer had made an error.”

Throughout hearing, witnesses said the error traces back to the King case, a 2002 state Supreme Court ruling that adjusted the way inmate sentences are calculated.

Ronda Larsen, the former assistant attorney general who advised the DOC on the error, said the DOC tried to accommodate the King case in a way that would allow them to provide offenders with a better chance at doing re-entry programs. She said “but obviously the algorithm they chose was an incorrect one.” She said that, “It was simply a mathematical error.”

“There was no mistaken interpretation of King, it was a mistaken algorithm,” she said. “We all knew what King required. The question is, is how mathematically do you implement it. And that was where the problem was.”

She told the committee she regrets advising the DOC to not do hand calculations, thinking that a computer fix would be done within months.

Committee chair Sen. Mike Padden and Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, asked Larsen how Mirante could have calculated a sentence by hand in five minutes and come up with the release date the DOC was suppose to have.

Larsen replied by saying there are many ways to get to the result mathematically. “He didn’t have to deal with King and the DOC did. DOC’s job was much more complicated than that,” Larsen said.

Wendy Stigall, a records program administrator for the DOC, also testified Monday. She requested an IT change of the software to correct the sentencing calculation in 2012 after Mirante’s notification.

In her request, she flagged the problem as “ASAP.” She said she was hoping the fix would be made in a few months. By January 2013, Stigall said she was aware that this could impact as many as 3,000 inmates.

“Up until that point, we didn’t think anything was an error,” she said. “We thought the computer was programmed the way that DOC interpreted it to be. They thought that it was right at that point and time.”

Stigall said she also gave a presentation about the error at a record managers meeting of about 40 people in August 2013, expecting that it would be fixed the next month. She said former DOC Secretary Bernie Warner greeted people at the beginning of the meeting, but did not hear the presentation.

Sue Schuler, IT specialist and business analyst for the Department of Corrections, was assigned the request in 2012 and also testified before the committee.

Schuler said that there was no difference in timelines if a request is marked as ASAP. She explained that there is a rating system marked one through four, one having the highest urgency. This particular request was downgraded from a two to a three.

“As I was working the consultation on this, I closed 164 items and that doesn’t even include what went forward for IT fixes and enhancements requests,” she said. “There’s a lot of projects that the department likes to have done.”

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, said there appears to be a problematic culture within the DOC.

“I really find fault with a situation where there is a vehicle in which to move forward something that needs to be corrected or changed,” she said. “It wasn’t moved forward.”

Documents from the two subpoenas issued by the Senate to the governor’s office and the DOC were also released Monday at a press conference. Included are nearly 300 comments from DOC employees.

Separately, Gov. Jay Inslee is conducting his own investigation directed by two former federal prosecutors. The governor notified the committee that the prosecutors finished their investigation and the report would be made public this week.

Police body camera bill passes out of House

By | February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

0814_police_body_cameras_970-630x420The House passed a police body camera bill on Monday that aims to limit some requests for video footage for privacy reasons. At the same time, it sets up a process to make important footage available to the public.

House Bill 2362 passed on a vote of 61-36. The bill sets parameters under the Public Records Act for people who request body camera video and sound recordings.

Public records requests must identify the person involved in the incident or the police officer, or provide a case number or the specific time of the incident. The footage would be essentially free under the Public Records Act for those who are involved in the incident. However, other requesters would have to pay a fee for the footage.

The bill also requires local law enforcement to adopt certain policies on the use of the cameras, such as when a camera must be activated or deactivated.

Watch TVW video of the floor debate here. 

Prime sponsor Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, described a number of situations in which the bill could protect someone’s privacy — such as the victim of domestic violence who gives a statement to police.

“If we don’t do this bill, your abuser can get a public records request and get the footage of that interview and put it up on Facebook to harass you further. That is wrong,” he said. 

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, voted against the bill because it allows different jurisdictions to set their own policies for using body cameras.

“There will not be consistency across all those jurisdictions that are using body cameras,” he said. “This bill doesn’t do that. It allows every jurisdiction to make their own rules.”

Schmick said that it would be too difficult to undo the rules made by different cities and counties.

Rep. Gerry Pollet’s, D-Seattle, also opposed bill, saying it will make police less accountable. He said there are already privacy protections under the Public Records Act.

“This bill right now will limit accountability and limit access unduly,” Pollet said. “Body cameras are here and we should be welcoming them for accountability.”

But supporters say that the state needs parameters for the police departments that are already using body cameras in Washington.

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, voted in favor of the bill, which he said was not about adopting or promoting body cameras.

“This bill will take one small step toward making sure that cities, which already use body cams, can protect the privacy of those individuals who have been seen on the footage,” he said.

The bill also creates a task force to review and report on the use of body cameras by law enforcement and corrections agencies. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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Juvenile killer Barry Massey released today

By | February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Barry Massey, the youngest person to be sentenced to life in prison without parole in the U.S., was released today.

Massey was 13 years old when he and an accomplice, who was 15, stabbed and shot to death Steilacoom Marina owner Paul Wang in 1987.

Massey’s attorney Maureen Devlin spoke with TVW’s Anita Kissée. Devlin said the release is a “hugely significant” moment because it “represents progress in our treatment” of juveniles.

“There is something different about their brains and about their level of development that allows us to all have hope for children who even commit horrific offenses like this one,” Devlin said.

The state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board announced Massey’s release in 2015. The move came after the state Legislature passed a bill in response to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned life without parole for juveniles. The state law assumes the release of  juvenile killers after 25 years if there is no reason to believe they should not be released.

Facebook photo of Barry Massey and his wife Rhonda Massey-posted Feb. 16, 2016

Facebook photo of Barry Massey and his wife Rhonda Massey-posted Feb. 16, 2016

Devlin said there is still hope for juvenile offenders to be “rehabilitated and changed” and Massey is a “star example” of that. He said that Massey is a “different person” than when he was 13.

“We are very grateful for that recognition by the Legislature and we’re grateful to the board for following the legislation and for having faith in Barry,” she said.

The victim’s family created a website in opposition to his release, which includes a petition titled, “Help us keep the killer where he should be – in prison.”

Massey spent nearly 30 years in prison. He is now 42.

More details about the case are available on Wednesday’s edition of “The Impact” at 7 & 10 p.m.

Categories: Criminal Justice

Two bills on use of deadly force by police pass out of committee

By | February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The House Committee on Public Safety voted to advance two bills Friday concerning the use of deadly force by police officers. The bills focus on data collection and the formation of a new task force on community policing.

The committee chose not to vote on a third, more controversial bill, that would change current law to make it easier to criminally charge a police officer for improper use of deadly force. Nearly 70 people testified on that bill before the committee earlier this week.

Members voted to pass House Bill 2908 out committee unanimously. It establishes the “Community Policing Standards Task Force for a Safer Washington,” tasked with reviewing:

  • Laws, practices and training programs regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement
  • Policies, practices and tools that are available as an alternative to deadly force (for example, tasers and other non-lethal weapons)

It must also recommend modifications to the “standards for justifiable homicide and criminal liability.” A preliminary report is due at the end of the year, with a final report in 2017.

The committee amended the bill to add more seats to the task force, including representatives from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, the Black Alliance of Thurston County, and the Disability Rights of Washington. It removed the representative from the Attorney General’s office.

House Public Safety Committee Chair Rep. Roger Goodman (right) and Ranking Minority Member Rep. Brad Klippert on Feb. 5.

House Public Safety Committee Chair Rep. Roger Goodman (right) and Ranking Minority Member Rep. Brad Klippert on Feb. 5.

Committee Chair Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, said the bill is a way to build a relationship between law enforcement and the public.

“There is not enough trust between the community — whether they are vulnerable communities, under-served communities, or the community in general — and our hard working law enforcement,” he said.

“We need to be listening more to one and other. And that means gathering around the table in a respectful and deliberate fashion.”

The second bill, House Bill 2882, would require Washington law enforcement agencies to report data on justifiable homicides and instances of deadly force to the Attorney General annually.

Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, said that the state has never collected this type of data.

“This is not to besmirch law enforcement, this is just to gather the data,” she said. “And if it turns out that most of the homicides were justifiable, that’s one thing. If it turns out that it wasn’t, then we need to do something to change the law.”

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, voted against the bill because of the deadlines and requirements outlined for law enforcement, but said he agreed with the goal of the bill.

The bill was passed out of committee with five in favor and four opposed.

Watch TVW video of the vote here.

Lawmakers hear testimony on bill to change deadly force law for police

By | February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

A proposal that would change the standard in Washington for which police officers could be charged with a crime for improper use of deadly force drew an overflow crowd to Olympia on Wednesday.

Under current state law, a police officer cannot be held criminally liable for using deadly force when acting “without malice and with a good faith.”

House Bill 2907 would change that, removing immunity for officers acting without malice and with good faith. It also outlines when deadly force is justifiable.

“Its time to change this immeasurable, impossible to prove, and imprecise law. Why? Because we are dealing with high value lives,” said Karen Johnson with the Black Alliance of Thurston County, who requested the legislation.

She said there is a lack of trust between communities and law enforcement.

Watch TVW video of the hearing here.

Prime sponsor of the bill Rep. Luis Moscoso, D- Bothell, said there needs to be an open and transparent discussion about police shootings.

“There’s not a person in this room that hasn’t been paying attention to a lot the shootings in this country,” he said. “We are all concerned about why that’s been happening and how we can prevent that.” We need to have a civil discussion on the issue.”

Tom McBride, the executive secretary of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, testified in opposition to the bill. He refuted the idea that police officers are not prosecuted for wrongdoing.

“There’s not a resistance to filing charges when they’re deserved, whether it’s a police officer or anyone else,” he said. “What we are interested in is a fair standard upon which to base our decisions.”

He said that fair standard has to take into account what police officers are asked to do each day, which is put themselves into “ambiguous, high-risk situations.”

Also speaking in opposition to the bill was Troy Meyers, an instructor at at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

“One of the things that I have to tell them with every graduating class is that the state has their back if they act with good faith,” he said. “I don’t want to have to stop saying that.”

Meyers said that while much of the debate has focused on racial injustice, the bill doesn’t do anything to address race or mental health problem.

“I expect my state to address those things head-on if that’s really our concern,” he said.

An overflow room waits to testify at the House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. More than 65 people signed in to testify.

An overflow room at the House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. More than 65 people signed in to testify.

Carlos Bratcher with the Seattle chapter of the National Black Police Association urged lawmakers to pass the bill, saying it will provide clarity to police officer. He said he’s shocked over what he’s seen in the last few years with police shootings

“As with any good practicing law enforcement officer, if I have a colleague or another officer that commits the use of deadly force under questionable circumstances, I want to see them being held accountable, as does any citizen in the state,” he said.

Other supporters say is too difficult to prosecute police officers in Washington. Pastor Richmond Johnson said the current law ties the hands of prosecutors — even when prosecution is needed.

“There’s a negative effect when the culture says shoot first. I’m persuaded that ‘shooting first’ is a result of a weak mind. We’ve got to turn the culture around,” said Johnson, who is the director of Partnering for Youth Achievement in Bremerton and has served on a police and community task force.

Mitch Barker represents the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and spoke in opposition to the bill.

He said the goal should not be to prosecute more officers, but to find a way to reduce the number of police shootings.

The committee also heard House Bill 2908, which would create a joint legislative task force on community policing standards, as well as a House Bill 2882 requiring law enforcement to collect data on deadly force incidents. Many of those who testified in favor of the deadly force bill were also in favor of the other bills.

Sex trafficking survivors push for bill they say would help victims start over

By | January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Stephanie Harris was working as a prostitute for two years before she met the man who would become her pimp. He wouldn’t let her eat or go home until she met her quota for the day. Sometimes, she was left on Aurora Avenue in Seattle for 16 to 18 hours at a time.

“After I left my pimp, I really did attempt to clean up my act,” Harris told lawmakers at a hearing of the House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. She turned herself in to police and faced charges that had accumulated during her time on the streets.

“But I found what was happening is I couldn’t find a job, I couldn’t get an apartment,” she said. “I had a kid that I was trying to fight and get back, but those charges just didn’t look good for me.”

Harris asked lawmakers to pass House Bill 2668, which would allow people to vacate their convictions if they can show their crimes were a result of being a victim of trafficking or being compelled into prostitution. Once a court vacates a conviction, it no longer shows up on a criminal record.

The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, said the proposal builds upon a bill signed into law two years ago allowing a person to vacate prostitution convictions if he or she was a victim of trafficking.

Orwall said that she’s heard from both private attorneys and those working at the city and county levels that they’ve had trouble moving forward on that 2014 law.

“We are back again today because a lot of the survivors have tried to use this new law and have ran into some problems,” Orwall said. “So we thought we would try and see what we could do to make this usable.”

Survivors of trafficking testified in favor of the bill on Tuesday.

Amber Walker and Jeri Moomaw testifying.

Amber Walker and Jeri Moomaw testifying.

Because of her criminal convictions, Amber Walker said she has encountered several barriers while trying to rebuild her life. She said traffickers used drugs to “enslave” her.

“When I was in the life, I certainly wasn’t getting drugs through charity. They were given to me in exchange for my body. I was introduced to drugs by my traffickers to keep me under control,” Walker said.

Walker said that many of the people that trafficked her for sex also trafficked her to sell drugs. “They said I looked innocent and that police will never suspect me,” she said.

Jeri Moomaw is a trafficking survivor and now works with Washington Engage, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit. She says one of the hardest things is getting reintegrated into regular life.

“It’s really sad to get a call from a fellow survivor who is doing amazing, that’s crying and crying saying, ‘I can’t get a job that pays a living wage because of my convictions,’” she said.

Moomaw said she would also like to see a change in the process required to vacate a conviction. Right now, if a survivor is trying to vacate their prostitution conviction they must fill out a form re-telling their “trauma.” She thinks that filing out an affidavit should be the only requirement.

“I found out that the form that has you line out all of your trauma is public record,” she said. “So potentially somebody could attain that public record and that could end up on Google.”

Heidi Sargent, assistant city prosecuting attorney with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, said the office in recent years has shifted the emphasis on prosecuting those who are buying sex.

But still, she says the office recognizes there is a lot of prostitution-related crime besides prostitution itself.

“We haven’t gotten to the point yet of addressing that and that would be a difficult thing to do,” she said. “We find that [the bill] is very good step forward and would remove some very serious barriers and would help break the cycle.”

As for Harris — she hopes that the bill will help people like her older sister leave prostitution.

“If you talked to my sister right now she would say,’what’s the point? I’ve been in over half my life, look at this list of charges.’ She’s been under the control of pimps since she was 14. So why get out now,” Harris said though tears.

All of those who testified Tuesday were in support of the bill.

Categories: Courts, Criminal Justice

Senate committee seeks answers on mistaken early release of prisoners

By | January 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Senate Law and Justice Committee on Monday convened a work session to discuss the mistaken early release of 3,200 prisoners by the Department of Corrections since 2002.

The error was a result of a coding miscalculation in the DOC electronic records system. Errors were discovered by DOC management in 2012, but 16 software updates were delayed and the issue was never fixed.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, started the work session by recognizing the two people who died as a result of individuals who should have been incarcerated. He said that the error was “disturbing” and wanted to know why something wasn’t done in 2012.

Secretary of Department of Corrections Dan Pacholke

Secretary of Department of Corrections Dan Pacholke

Secretary of the Department of Corrections Dan Pacholke opened his testimony by apologizing, saying it was a “breech of public trust.”

“It’s probably the largest single error I’ve ever heard of agency history in the sense of its impacts to public safety,” he said.

Pacholke took over the agency in October and said he learned of the error in December. Since then, employees have been calculating release dates by manually. He said a computer software fix has undergone testing for the last two weeks and is expected to be implemented today, Jan 12.

An independent investigation is being conducted by the governor’s office. Pacholke said he’s confident that it will result in answers.

Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, asked Pacholke if the DOC “deprioritized” the fix to save taxpayer money, to which Pacholke said no.

Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, asked if there is “any problem with the culture or environment at DOC that would permit this sort of thing.”

Pacholke replied, “ I don’t believe you can cast it as a wide brush against the entire agency.”

Nick Brown, the governor’s legal counsel, is in charge of the external investigation, which is running independently of the DOC. The governor hired two retired federal prosecutors to conduct the investigation to determine the facts regarding the incident. The governor set a 60-day limit on the investigation.

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, questioned how many people were aware of the problem. “People know when people get out of jail,” she said. “If people have a client list, you know when your money is coming out of jail. Therefore, I think there were a lot of attorneys who knew their people getting out early.”

As a result of the error, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive, on Monday, Jan. 11 to all executive branch agency directors to increase accountability of state IT systems.

“Every agency director and every person responsible for the critical functions of our state has a responsibility to ensure they are administered correctly,” Inslee said in a statement.

“What happened at the Department of Corrections must not happen again,” he wrote.

Categories: Criminal Justice

Alleged Driver in Fatal Crash Mistakenly Released From Prison Early

By | December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s more fallout from the error that allowed Washington state prisoners to be mistakenly released early. After reviewing records, the Washington Department of Corrections says two offenders allegedly committed new crimes when they should have been incarcerated, including one who reportedly killed a woman in a car crash.

A computer calculation error allowed Robert Jackson to be released from prison on August 10, instead of his original sentence release date of December 6, 2015. While out of custody, investigators say Jackson lost control of a car and crashed, killing his girlfriend Lindsay Hill. The 35-year-old mother of two was thrown from the vehicle in front of her Bellevue apartment. Hill’s 13-year-old son heard the crash and later found his mother, after police say Jackson fled.

“Nothing I can say will bring back Ms. Hill. I deeply regret that this happened,” DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke said in a written statement. “On behalf of the Department of Corrections, I apologize.”

The DOC says Jackson is in custody and charged with vehicular homicide. He had been serving time for a 2010 robbery.

“Today’s news from DOC is absolutely gut-wrenching and heart-breaking,” said Governor Inslee in an emailed statement. “I spoke with Lindsay Hill’s family today and let them know that Washingtonians’ hearts are with them during these very difficult days.”

The Governor announced last week, since 2002 a programming error allowed 3,200 prisoners to mistakenly be released early for good behavior. The offenders all had enhanced sentences, which made them ineligible for early release.

Certain unnamed people within the DOC were aware of the problem in 2012 after a victim’s family voiced concerns, but the software fix was never implemented.

Governor Inslee learned of the problem last week and launched an immediate, independent investigation. He also ordered a halt to all releases that could be impacted until a hand calculation is done. The software update should be ready by early next month.

“There is nothing that can right this horrible wrong. We must make sure nothing like this happens again,” said Inslee.

In addition to Jackson, the DOC believes one other offender allegedly committed a crime while out of prison when they should not have been. That person is missing. The agency says it is continuing to review records to make sure there are no more.

As for other prisoners who need to be returned to state custody, five are back behind bars. The DOC identified an additional two dozen who need to return to complete their sentences, but the majority will not due to a court ruling that provides day-for-day credit while out in the community, as long as the offender hasn’t committed another crime.

Washington Prisoners Mistakenly Released Early

By | December 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some Washington felons may be headed back to prison after a computer error mistakenly allowed them to be released early.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that 3,200 Washington prisoners were let go before their sentences were complete. For the last 13 years, a Department of Corrections computer software program incorrectly calculated credit for “good time” served.  The error affects about three-percent of all state inmates during that time period.

The governor says he’s ordered immediate action to correct the long-standing problem, and ordered an external review to determine how this happened and why it took so long to address, even though the problem was discovered in 2012.

“These were serious errors with serious implications,” Gov. Inslee said. “When I learned of this I ordered DOC to fix this, fix it fast, and fix it right.” The Governor’s office says it was alerted to the mistake last week.

Department of Corrections new Secretary, Dan Pacholke, called the situation an “unforgivable error.”

During a press conference in the governor’s office he said, “I’ve apologized to the governor personally on behalf of the Department of Corrections. I want to offer the same apology to the public.”

State officials say the problem dates back to a July 2002 ruling by the Washington Supreme Court. It requires DOC apply “good time” credit earned in county jails. Offenders with sentencing enhancements are supposed to be exempt from that, but the DOC computer applied it anyway. 

The amount of days prisoners did not serve ranges from “a couple of days” to 600, but the governor’s chief legal counsel, Nick Brown, says the median number is 49.

The state is working with local law enforcement to identify those inmates who need to go back and complete their sentences, either in prison or work release. So far, that’s seven people.  Five are already in custody. Brown expects that number to increase, but says most of the offenders impacted will not be re-incarcerated because of a previous Supreme Court ruling. Their time back home in the community will count day for day.

DOC learned of the problem in 2012 when a crime victim’s family did their own calculations on their offender’s release. The state says the sequencing fix was launched at that time, but for reasons that will be investigated, it was repeatedly delayed. Only when DOC’s new chief information officer discovered the problem, was leadership notified.

Secretary Pacholke says he just learned of the error last week, and does not know if the previous administration had any knowledge of it.  “How that did not rise up in the agency to the highest levels is not clear to me,” Pacholke said.

“That this problem was allowed to continue for 13 years is deeply disappointing to me, totally unacceptable and, frankly, maddening,” Inslee said.

The software is expected to be updated and fixed by early January. Until then, Gov. Inslee halted all further releases of inmates with sentencing enhancements until a hand calculation is done, the numbers are verified, and the release is personally approved.

Two retired federal prosecutors, Robert Westinghouse and Carl Blackstone from the firm of Yarmuth Wilsdon PLLC, were hired to conduct an independent review.

“I have a lot of questions about how and why this happened, and I understand that members of the public will have those same questions,” Gov. Inslee said. “I expect the external investigation will bring the transparency and accountability we need to make sure this issue is resolved.”

Offenders with questions can call 360-725-8213.

Resources available on the DOC website:

Barry Massey set to be released in 2016

By | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Barry Massey, who was 13 at the time he and a co-defendant murdered a Steilacoom shop owner, will be set free in early 2016. Massey’s release comes on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled it was unconstitutional for juveniles to be automatically sentenced to life without parole.

Massey, who was the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a sentence of life without parole, will be released in February after serving almost 30 years in prison, according to a decision released Thursday by the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board.

The board made the unanimous decision after seeing “noticeable and dramatic change” in Massey’s behavior, according to board chair Lynne DeLano. She spoke on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” with host Austin Jenkins. The interview airs Thursday, June 4 at 7 & 10 p.m.

“In his hearing, you could see this is not the 13-year-old who killed that man. It was a brutal murder, but this is not the same 13-year-old. This is a man who has changed his life around,” DeLano said.

TVW taped the board’s March hearing to consider Massey’s release.

In 1987, Massey and Michael Harris shot and stabbed Steilacoom Marina owner Paul Wang during a robbery of the store. Harris was 15 at the time of the crime.

The board is also releasing two other offenders who were juveniles when they were convicted. David Cobabe was convicted of attempted murder, burglary and assault charges. Niguel Jones was convicted of murder and assault.