L B Johnson 
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Re: “Free Rick Stevens

Because of this article, I have read several articles on Rick Stevens' case, including extensive information given at the TOP website by a close friend of his who has kept in touch with Rick since 1979. Reportedly, in addition to letters submitted by the judge (who sentenced Rick Stevens) to the Parole Board beginning in 1988 to FREE him, Rick Stevens has exceedingly demonstrated accountability and remorse for his crimes; motivation and committment to self-improvement and community service; dedication to adult education, including grant preparations for musical training of other talented inmates, as well as furthering his own college and bible education; and considerable service, BY REQUEST of prison counselors, as a facilitator for inmate/family counseling groups. Additionally, his job performances have reportedly been successfully completed WITHOUT mandatory supervision. And yet, even now that it is illegal for Parole Boards to continually use an inmates crimes against them instead of focussing on their "rehabilitation", it seems the Parole Board for Rick Stevens is "hell bent" on playing cat-and-mouse with him. What MORE do they want??? NO ONE CONDONES TRIPLE MURDER. But, according to the legal system, Rick Stevens has exceeded his mandatory 25 year minimum as more than a "model" prisoner. Additionally, he reportedly has several job and home offers once he'd be released, which has also been submitted to his Parole Board. Is it possible that Rick Stevens has done SO well within the prison system, that they now do not want to lose him by parolling him??? At the age of 69 now, Rick Stevens has almost lived the amount of time IN prison that he lived OUT of prison at the time of his arrest. As sad as that might seem, it appears that it was not all for naught. Yes, he was (and reportedly still IS) a gifted singer, but back then he was also a drug addict (along with others from TOP) whose overloaded and confused mind caused him to panic and to kill because HE felt endangered. His poor choices led him to prison where he began to wake up, heal, get clean from drugs, and committ to living and serving. I said earlier that it was not all for naught, because it seems that his reaction to prison actually helped make him a better man. The TOP site reports that he remains positive despite the annual mind games played on him by Parole Boards, but the question is, how long is this going to be acceptable? If Rick Stevens has, by multiple accounts, been deemed "rehabilitated", and rehabilitation is what prison demands, then what is the hold-up?? Why the continual mind games and abuse of legal power?? I don't know Rick Stevens. I've never met the man. And yes, his celebrity drew my attention to his plight. Like many others, his music left a definite footprint on my youth. But, that was over 30 years ago, and ALL of us have since grown up, and learned from our immature choices, including Rick Stevens. If Rick Stevens is guilty of going to prison because of what he DIDN'T know, then it should be what he's learned in prison and what he NOW KNOWS that should be the basis for his freedom!!

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Posted by L B Johnson on 05/20/2009 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Free Rick Stevens

This entire situation is heartbreaking. On one hand, our hearts and prayers extend to the victims' loved ones...those victims can never come back. On the other hand, our hearts and prayers extend to a young, handsome, talented man who made horrible, out-of-charcter choices one tragic night over thirty years ago. Can he bring them back? No. Would he like to? From his reported, heartfelt remorse, it seems that he would, if given that power. But, as for today, Rick Stevens seems sincerely remorseful, humbled, and transformed. Even though he cannot change the past, is he now ready to give positive contributions to society? It seems that he is. Besides his minister/friend who was once his accomplice, and Rick Stevens' TOP "brothers", I hope he knows that others will keep him lifted up, wishing him blessings and miracles, including a clean, new beginning. The "old" Rick is gone now...that man 30 years ago has evolved as the butterfly from the cocoon. He may be in his sixties now, but he's "still a young man". Should God open that door to you, Rick, go through it and do your thing with all your heart!! Thank you, and may you be blessed.

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Posted by L B Johnson on 05/08/2009 at 3:00 PM

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