The response has been so great, Cayuga County prosecutors say the medical parole hearing for a convicted killer has been pushed back from later this month, until May 19.
William LeVea, 83, is serving 6 to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was drunk and in a rage, when he crashed his vehicle into a truck driven by Christopher Spack on Route 370 in Ira back in 2009. Spack, 41, of Camillus, died.
Now LeVea, who says he has a terminal illness, is asking a parole board to be released early from prison.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon in District Attorney Jon Budelmann's Auburn office, the D.A. said, "Prison is not meant to be a country club. We take great offense at the emphasis being placed on a killer's needs."
Prosecutors were joined by Spack's family members and other people who say they were victimized by LeVea.
Andrew Corbett says LeVea tried to ram his car on Route 31 just before he attacked Spack. Spack's girlfriend, Donna Williams says she started a petition which already has two thousand signatures to keep LeVea locked up. Lenore Ellis, Spack's mother says, "He can't die at home with his family. Chris didn't get to do that. None of us got to say goodbye."
Prosecutors say they are appealing to the public, hoping that more input to the medical parole board will help keep LeVea locked up. Click here for information about how to send a letter or an email. The deadline set by the state for input on this case in Monday, April 14.