August 15, 2005
Creek Blvd Ste 265
PO Box 13401
First and foremost I want you to know that I am not an
expert on the legal system by any means. I am writing this
letter today because I feel very strongly about the
situation that occurred on December 22, 1998 when Rickey
Carter chose to drive drunk and consequently killed four
innocent young ladies. The devastating impact of his crime
still exists to this day.
The phone call
that I made to Mark and Liz Osina was not one of joy to let
them know that I had just gotten engaged, but a phone call
that may have been the hardest I will ever have to make.
The Osina’s are very special in my life. In the summer of
1984, Mark and Liz Osina moved to Killeen, Texas where I was
originally from. Mark came to Killeen to be the head
basketball coach at Ellison High School where I would be a
junior point guard. Not only did I gain a great coach, but
I gained a friend with a beautiful wife Liz, and two lovely
daughters; Emily and Lacey.
This family did
a lot for me and became friends with my family. Later on
after my college playing days were complete, Mark allowed me
to work for him as a student-assistant at Weatherford
College, helping me in my career as a teacher and basketball
coach. This also allowed me the opportunity to be where I
makes these types of decisions regarding criminals, I cannot
believe that this man responsible for the deaths of four
beautiful young ladies can even be mentioned as a possible
parole candidate. He has definitely not paid his dues, nor
will he ever be able to pay back what he took from all the
families and friends involved.
Please do what
is correct, both morally and ethically. Make Rickey Carter
stay the course of at least 20 years, if not more. Thanks
for taking the time to listen to my story.
Sam Houston State University