The below article is a follow up to an earlier story and editorial that were posted on this blog.
I sat down with now retired Senator Quayle’s Legislative Assistant back in 2010.
I’m glad he saw this situation was not just wrong but cruel.
Thank you Fred Quayle!
Parole board reverses decision on elderly offender, April 7, 2014 By Louis Hansen
The state Parole Board on Monday reversed its decision on Willie Jefferson Combo Jr., granting supervised release to the elderly man who was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender.
Keeping Combo in prison longer, Parole Board member Fred Quayle said Monday, "didn't seem fair."
Quayle, a former state senator, said he asked his colleagues to reconsider Combo's case after it was profiled in The Virginian-Pilot last week. The story, he said, described the case in greater detail than the summary given to board members.
Quayle said he initially voted for Combo to be released on supervised probation, but he was overruled.
The board's reversal will allow Combo to return to his home in
. He is still in Norfolk City Jail but
will likely be released within a week. Norfolk
Combo, 68, was convicted last year of failing to register as a sex offender. In February, the state board revoked his parole and returned him to prison. Combo said he forgot to submit his monthly certified letter to Virginia State Police in July.
Other than twice failing to register with state police, Combo has no other criminal record in 14 years.