August 19, 2005

Raven Kazen, Director
Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd Ste 265
PO Box 13401
Austin, Texas 78711-3401

TO: Texas Parole Board of Pardon and Reviews
RE: Parole Review
Offender: Ricky Carter
State ID: 06227942
TDCJ ID:01009150
Placed in parole review on 07/05/05

Dear Ms. Kazen:

I have followed with a great deal of interest the uproar over the upcoming parole review for Mr. Carter. I must concur with the general public in that parole after 4 to 5 years for the deaths of Staci Lee, Mandi McWhorter, Lacey Osina and Whitney Welch, the four Brock, Texas teens who died as a result of Carterís drunken driving, seems little more than a slap on the hand. Even in our all too lenient society this seems to be another insult to and punishment for parents who have already paid the ultimate price. It is time for those who break the law to be held liable for their choices and actions.

Ms. Kazen, I urge the State of Texas to incarcerate Mr. Carter for the duration of his 20 year sentence. While there was evidence that Mr. Carter had apparently been a responsible citizen up to the point he killed four children, or perhaps he was just never caught, it is my opinion that he needs to pay the price for his decision to drive while in a drunken state. Hopefully, it will be small restitution for the young lives lost and a lesson to Mr. Carter not to drink and drive.

I thank you in advance for your consideration and assistance.

Very truly yours,

Judy K. Koehler