August 22, 2005

Attn: Raven Kazen, Director

Victim Services Division

8712 Shoal Creek Blvd. Ste. 265

P.O. Box 13401

Austin, TX 78711-3401

 

Offender: Ricky/Rickey Carter

State ID: 06227942

TDCJ ID: 01009150

Placed in parole review on 7/5/05

 

Dear Raven,

You have an obligation to our society to not allow Ricky Carter out of prison until he has served every last second of his sentence.  This is not the first time that I have had to make this statement.  I lost my brother to a drunk driver in Parker County on Christmas Day 2001 and have to write to the parole board every year just like the families of these four girls have to.  I have to walk to the mail box and find a letter from the parole board telling me that Robert Ray Smith, the man that killed my brother is eligible for parole every year just like these four families have to.  I have to rehash terrible memories that I would prefer to try to put behind me every year just like these four families have to.  Where is the justice when I have to be punished just like the persons that murdered my brother and these four young girls have? Shouldn’t a measure of justice for us include not having to rekindle great sadness annually so we can keep murderers in prison?  Would not some measure of peace for families such as ours include the knowledge that the perpetrators of crimes against innocent people fulfill their entire sentence without victims pleading for justice yearly?  There is no peace for families of victims such as us.   What most people don’t realize is that Ricky Carter has been sentenced to 20 years but the families of these four girls will have to deal with grief for the rest of their lives.  To lose someone in the hands of a murderer, and have all choices and options taken away from you is not an easy thing to deal with everyday.  You tell me where the justice is in that.  It is time that as a society we stand up and protest.  Texas law should be changed.  If you kill another human being with a vehicle because you chose to drink and drive you should be punished as if you walked up to that person and shot them with a gun.  It is murder any way you look at it.  It is not an accident if you drink and drive and take another human life.  The outcome is the same.  There is a family left without a loved one.  It doesn’t make the hurt any different.  This is a battle that we must win.  Why have another child taken away and die in vain.  Help stop the killing.  Help the world hear the voices of Mandi McWhorter, Whitney Welch, Staci Lee, Lacey Osina and Jason Walter names I know, and all the other victims of drunk driving.  Help lesson the pain for all families victimized by drunk drivers.  End this painful annual reminder of the loss of our loved ones.  It is an old cliché, yet very appropriate…Ricky Carter did the crime (he murdered four beautiful and innocent children), now he MUST do the time…ALL the time.  Ricky Carter should see the outside the penitentiary ONLY when he has served his entire sentence.  No early release or parole for murderers.  In memory of my only brother and these four young girls who will never have a chance to grow old and have families of their own, those responsible for this injustice should not even be able to petition for parole.  Then there would be some measure of justice in our state.

May God bless the families of Mandi, Whitney, Staci, and Lacey.  I truly can relate to the pain and anguish you are feeling now.  I plea to the parole board to not make these families suffer more than they already have.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Lanaya Walter
Mineral Wells, Texas