Victim's family outraged about road rage killer's possible parole
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:47:33 GMT —
It was almost five and a half years ago that Lenore Ellis got the most devastating news of her life.
"They told me he died. Then they told me how he died. I will never forget those 10 minutes for the rest of my life," says Ellis.
Ellis' son, Christopher Spack, was killed in November 2009 when William LeVea repeatedly rammed his car into the back of Spack's truck in a fit of drunken rage.
Spack's sister, Julie Legnetto, will never forget the look on her mother's face.
"I walked in the door and saw my mother holding a picture of Chris saying my baby's dead," says Legnetto.
LeVea of Fulton entered a guilty plea to a charge of felony aggravated vehicular homicide. He was sentenced to 6-18 years in prison in 2011.
Last week, the family was told that LeVea, now 83, could be released early from state prison due to a terminal illness.
Spack's younger brother, Jonathan Ellis, believes LeVea is a danger to society.
"He was out for a hunt. He was out to hurt someone. He was out to kill someone. He wasn't out for a joyride. He wasn't trying to pass people. He terrorized my brother for 8 minutes," says Ellis.
After years focused and somewhat distracted by the mission to put his killer behind bars, the family only recently began to grieve. Spack's brother, Tim Ellis, says the possibility of parole is bringing them back to day one.
"This has really ripped open the wounds and it's almost like pouring salt in them. It's very painful," says Ellis.
The family feels the four years LeVea has spent in prison isn't nearly enough time to justify the pain he's caused.
"He needs to die in prison. Alone. Like he made Chris die alone. Without any of us by his side," says Legnetto.
Since it's a medical parole hearing, Christopher's family is not allowed to attend, so they're writing letters to the parole board and they want you to as well.
Anyone who has concerns about LeVea's release can write letters to the parole board send them to this address:
NYS Board of Parole
1220 Washington Avenue, Building 2
Albany, New York 12226-2050
You can also submit your letters online.
LeVea's hearing is scheduled for the week of April 21.