August 4, 2005

Texas Parole Board of Pardons and Reviews

RE: Parole Review

Offender: Ricky Carter

State ID: 06227942

TDCJ ID: 01009150

Placed in parole review on 07/05/05

Dear Madam:

I respectfully request that you deny parole for Ricky Carter.  The devastating impact this deadly drunk driver had on our community cannot be overstated.  His flawed judgment and flagrant disregard for the safety and well-being of others caused the death of four precious teenage girls. 

The destruction did not end with the killing of these four exceptionally bright young girls. The families of all four victims have suffered horribly since that deadly night.  Three of the four families were never able to recover from the devastation of losing not only their daughter, but the loss of all the other girls in a very close group of families.  Each family was an extension of the other families.  Each of those families have been torn apart by divorce, one of the fathers has died and one of the mothers cannot be found.

Who will be punished the most for Ricky Carter’s crimes?  His time in confinement amounts to 15 months incarceration for killing each of his four victims.  The surviving family members will pay for Carter’s deadly actions for the rest of their lives.  How can that possibly be considered “criminal justice”?

I trust that you will make the best possible decision for not only the victimized families, but for all Texans.  Again, I respectfully request you deny parole for Ricky Carter.

Sincerely,

Leonard L. Leatherman