TO: Texas Parole Board of Pardon and Reviews

RE: Parole Review

Offender:  Ricky/Rickey Carter

State ID: 06227942

TDCJ ID: 010091

Placed in parole review on 07/05/05

Dear Sirs:

I could tell you how devastated and shattered my sister's family has been since the death of their daughter and my niece Lacey Osina, but I am sure that you have heard that many times and know in your heart without a doubt that it is true. Or, I could go on and on about how Ricky Carter should have to pay for the deaths of my niece and her three precious friends with more than just the time he has already spent in prison. This I am sure common sense tells you. Yet, it is for common sense that I am appealing to you and the Texas Parole board when it comes time to either deny or grant Ricky Carter a parole.

Mark Twain lost his daughter to an unexpected illness, and I once read something that he expressed when he was asked by someone how it felt to lose a child. He replied something to the effect that he could not express the loss of his daughter to the world for to do so would bankrupt all the languages of the world. The night that Ricky Carter chose to drive under the influence of alcohol was the night that he bankrupted the lives of not only my sister and her family but the lives of three other families. Most importantly he not only bankrupted but also forever ended the lives of Lacey, Whitney Welch, Mandy McWhorter, and Staci Lee.

Ricky Carter was given the sentence of only 20 years for the ending of four lives that were full of promise and hope. I recently heard that Mr. Carter's lawyer stated that Mr. Carter has been a model citizen since death of Lacey, Whitney, Mandy and Staci. I feel that Mr. Carter should have been a model citizen who used common sense and good judgment before he killed the girls.  He would have put two and two together:  Drinking + Driving can equal death and lifelong devastation.

 
I cannot believe that anyone in his or her heart feels that the time Mr. Carter has spent in prison comes anywhere near the time that he should be punished by society for his crime. I am neither a political person nor an activist, but I do believe that any of us who drink and then pick up the keys to a car to drive should know without a doubt that if we are caught we will pay a penalty.  And if we drive and kill anyone—no matter what age, color, or creed—we will serve a sentence of no less than a set number of years.

 

There are no numbers of years spent in prison that can compensate for the loss of a loved one to a drunk driver. However, for Mr. Carter to spend less than his judgment of twenty years is heartbreaking and soul shattering to the families of Lacey, Mandy, Whitney, and Staci. No family should ever be told or made to believe that their beautiful child's life is of such little value to society.

In closing I would like to ask anyone who would release Mr. Carter how they feel when they are in a room with one of their children or one of their loved ones. I can tell you how my sister and husband feel when they are in a room without Lacey. That room, whether it is in there home in Weatherford or in a room hundreds of miles away, is filled with grief for the absence of their child.

Please let society know that we, Texans, will not allow the drunk drivers that take our loved ones away to pay any less than the full due that they owe society.

Sincerely,


Patricia L. Anzelmo

Liz Osina's Sister and Lacey's Aunt