County DA upset with lawmakers after new guidelines reduce sentences

BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Blount County district attorney is sounding off about two convicted criminals who are now out on parole.

Pamela Casey says that both convicts only served a fraction of their sentences.

In one case, a man who received two life sentences for a drug trafficking conviction was paroled out after only 5 years, according to Casey. The other case involved a person sentenced to 24 years in prison for murder — who was paroled after eight years.

Casey is blasting state lawmakers for new sentencing guidelines and says all the talk of prison overcrowding has created an atmosphere that leads to criminals getting a free pass.

At 5 p.m., Mike McClanahan has the rest of the story.

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