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Slain Officer's Family Urges Changes To Parole System

Slain Officer's Family Urges Changes To Parole System

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via YellowBrix

December 21, 2009

Family and friends of slain Penn Hills police Officer Michael Crawshaw have sent a letter to 100 state lawmakers, judges and other officials urging them to strictly enforce and tighten guidelines for criminal sentencing, parole and parole violations.

Ronald Robinson, 32, of Homewood, who is charged with the slayings of Officer Crawshaw and another man Dec. 6, has a long criminal history and a record of repeatedly violating terms of his parole.

“The system has failed Michael and changes must be made,” the letter reads. "We are asking you to enforce the laws in place the way they were intended and hold people accountable for their actions.

“The guidelines for who gets released need to be re-examined and consideration for release should not be given to those who have shown a general disregard for human life.”

The three-page letter, in which the officer’s family and friends refer to Mr. Robinson by name and contend he should have been in prison, concludes: “Please do your part to prevent more senseless tragedies and to keep another family from suffering a loss such as ours.”

Mr. Robinson is awaiting trial, accused of killing Danyal Morton, 40, in a home in the 200 block of Johnston Road in Penn Hills over a $500 drug debt. He also is charged with fatally shooting Officer Crawshaw, 32, who responded to the shooting call and was in his cruiser waiting for backup when he was slain.

The letter — 60 copies were sent Friday and the remaining 40 yesterday — is intended to produce changes that will be a legacy to Officer Crawshaw and others whose deaths may have been prevented by stricter enforcement of criminal laws and sentencing and parole guidelines, said his cousin, Sarah Kielar of the North Side.

“It definitely would help to think he did not die in vain, that something good will come of his death,” she said yesterday. “We just hope for change so another family doesn’t have to go through what we’re going through right now.”

The letter urges lawmakers, prosecutors and judges to be stricter in dealing with career criminals. It decries such actions as making plea bargains in cases involving gun charges, early release of prison inmates and imposing minor punishments for parole violations.


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  • Nikki_033_max50

    LAWMEN

    over 4 years ago

    334 Comments

    COPS ARE ALWAYS STEPING UP TO THE PLATE,NOW THE JUDGES AND THE SYSTEM NEEDS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE FOR US

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    granny1

    over 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    cops do there jobs,why cant the freaking judges?

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43140 Comments

    I can't agree with everyone more. We don't need new/more laws. We need current laws upheld, liberal judges to be voted out, and people to be held accountable for what they do. I hope this starts and keeps rolling.

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    TPD327

    over 4 years ago

    396 Comments

    I just e-mailed this to Bill O'Reilly and asked him to consider putting his support behind this. He was a big proponet of "Jessica's Law". Please e-mail him and ask him for his support at oreilly@foxnews.com.

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    Baxter2

    over 4 years ago

    1846 Comments

    We need truth in sentencing.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Gotta give thumbs up to the article for the family's actions.
    The scum bag shouldn't have been in the street.
    Hopefully State Legislators will take notice...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Keep on trying..no matter what! Continuous efforts bring on awarenss and sooner or latter somebody is going to have to sit up and pay attention. God bless in your efforts. Let us know if we can petition in any way or form. Many of us will gladly offer up support and Non'LEO to help in any way.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50960 Comments

    Well said rhood.

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    cathy_smitherman

    over 4 years ago

    958 Comments

    I have to agree with you on that Rhood.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    I hope that the letter will cause some to take notice, but sadly for some, it will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes. Some of those who will recieve it will not care.

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