August 4, 2005
Ms. Raven Kazen
Director, Victim Services Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Dear Ms. Kazen,
Please add my name to the growing list of Texans who
feel it would be inappropriate to grant an early release to
Ricky Carter [State ID#06227942 – TDCJ ID#01009150].
Mr. Carter was sentenced to twenty years confinement
for killing Mandi McWhorter, Whitney Welch, Staci Lee and
Lacey Osina on December 19, 1998. This sentence amounts to
five years per teenage girl which seems to me is little
enough price to pay for the havoc inflicted on the families
of these fine young people as well as the citizens of the
State of Texas. Mr. Carter and others like him, who drink
and subsequently imperil innocent people must be prepared to
pay the price for their behavior. By holding Mr. Carter
accountable for his actions, we send an important message to
others who might be tempted to engage in the same or similar
behavior. To release Mr. Carter on parole after he has
completed barely more than one fourth of his sentence sends
the wrong message to others who might be tempted to engage
in drinking and driving.
The message which should be sent to Mr. Carter is
that each of us is accountable for our actions and part of
his accountability for the death of these fine young women
is twenty years confinement. He should expect to serve
nothing less that the sentence he received for his behavior.
I urge you to use your good offices to see to it that
Mr. Carter is denied parole and required to serve the full
sentence he was awarded as a consequence of his
reprehensible actions on the night of December 19, 1998.
Henry C. Reinhard, Jr.