Skip to comments.Minister had hope for ex-con in Maine
Posted on 05/23/2005 6:06:18 AM PDT by Fido969
Monday, May 23, 2005
Minister had hope for ex-con in Maine
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MONTPELIER, Vt. The pastor who drove Kent Hanson to Maine after he was released from prison had high hopes for the ex-convict. The Rev. Pete Fiske of The Church at Prison holds services at the St. Albans prison and helps offenders after they leave prison.
On the morning of May 12, the 63-year-old Hanson had just served the last minutes of a 20-year sentence for the 1985 murder of Helena Warner. Fiske was taking the man to a transitional home in north central Maine because Hanson had few options for living in Vermont.
Instead, Maine police say Hanson stole a pickup truck from the home last week and they are investigating whether he assaulted a woman.
Fiske knew about Hanson's violent nature - Warner's murder and the plea of innocent by reason of insanity to the 1964 killing of his wife, Joan Hanson - but Fiske didn't see that side of Hanson as they made the trip to Maine. Hanson talked enthusiastically about a new life.
The trip ended on an optimistic note when Fiske and Hanson arrived at 2nd Chance Ranch, run by Fred and Christine Maddocks in Charleston, Maine.
"In my mind it was like a Walt Disney ending to a movie," Fiske recalled.
But circumstances changed quickly.
"I'm sorry that he made those decisions. It's basically throwing the rest of his life away," Fiske said.
Police found Hanson Friday in Detroit, Maine, at the home of a woman he had met the night before in a bar.
"We all knew that the worst thing that could happen is for him to start drinking," Fiske said.
Fiske wonders whether Hanson should have left jail at all.
"Given the way that it turned out," Fiske said, "it may have been better to have kept him in."
Another mush-brained clueless liberal "minister". I have noticed a lot of these lately. While I have the highest degree of respect for many ministers that I know, I also think our divinity schools have been taken over by leftist losers.
There were reports that the woman he picked up at the bar showed signs of being beat up. She could have been victem #3!
How many people do you have to kill before you are just locked up forever?
What a ridiculous story.
The liberals tells us the cons need help. Maybe it's the liberals who need help more, though.
What liberalism has wrought.
Yep. Another one of the temporary insanity cases that
can turn it on and off at the drop of a hat. And just
what do they think is different about all these child
abuse perverts that they let loose? IMO, accidental
homicide is the ONLY type of murder that has any
valid excuse for leniency. And I don't mean "Ooops!
I accidentally strangled the kid while I was holding
If he had such "high hopes" how come the pastor didn't drive him to his own town. Thank. I really appreciate Maine becoming the dumping ground of more thugs, rapist, murders, drug addicts, and liberals. We have enough from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, we don't need the ilk of Vermont either. Keep them in your own backyard!
No SH** Sherlock!
Hey, us conservatives are involved in this too. If you don't give them a chance they definately will go back to old ways. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABUT THE PASTOR INVOLVED IN THIS!
I have worked with 8 guys. None have gone back to prion yet although I think one will eventually because he has link up with a women doing drugs. One has stayed strong in his faith and is definately going to make it. They rest have stayed out of prison although they have stumbled a couple of times.
I work with a guy who has 6 houses full of exoffenders and it is his goal the save the state a million dollars by keeping guys out of prison. I think he will be good on his word.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP THE SITUATION!
Did it ever occur to the dumbass that "he didn't see that side of Hanson" because he's not a woman? Sheesh.
There is no reason to believe this minister was a "liberal" just because he hasn't much sense. This PoS killed TWO women and should have been worm food decades ago.
We live about 10 minutes from the place where this nut case was arrested. Thanks to Minister Mush For Brains my neighborhood was less safe for a few days, maybe he should have had the con staying at home with HIS family.
It's possible her bruises weren't from him; I live in the area and the bar looks like a dive from the outside and makes the papers frequently. Beaten-up women aren't all that unusual in bars like that.
Here is his email (Minister Mush-Brain) if any here want to send him a note of thanks.
You may not like my opinion, however, I believe that we have a higher degree of responsibility to our law-abiding citizens, to keep them safe, then we do to a two-time woman killer.
Another way for our Governor to balence the budget?? I wouldn't put ANYTHING past that jerk.
10/13/00 - Maine
Killer Confesses in Bid to Return Home, Cops Say - Texas Convict Wants to Serve Sentence in Maine
ETNA, Maine -- James Rodney Hicks, convicted last year of trying to kill a 68-year-old woman in her Texas home, didn't much care for the idea of spending the next half-century locked up in a Lone Star state prison, authorities said. If he had to spend the rest of his life behind bars, Hicks told authorities, he preferred to do it in his home state of Maine. Even if that meant confessing to two unsolved murders, authorities said. Hicks' relationship with state police in Maine began in 1977 when he was charged and convicted of killing his first wife, Jennie, who was then 23, McCausland said. Her body was never found. Hicks served nearly six years in prison for the slaying, McCausland said. After his release in 1982, authorities say, Hicks met a woman, Jerilyn Towers, then 34, at a Newport bar. The last time anyone saw Towers alive, she was walking out of the bar with Hicks, McCausland said. Although investigators suspected that Hicks might have had something to do with her disappearance, they had no evidence and he was never arrested, authorities said. Hicks again turned up on police radar screens in 1996, when his longtime, live-in girlfriend, Lynne Willette, 40, vanished. Police suspected that she, too, might have been the victim of foul play, but they had no proof. When Hicks decided some three years ago to move to Texas, there was nothing police and prosecutors in Maine could do to stop him, authorities said. The cases remained stalled until last year, when Hicks was convicted in Texas of attempted murder after he broke into a home. On Tuesday, authorities recovered the first set of remains, buried in a shallow grave at a house Hicks once rented in Etna, McCausland said.
You are absolutely right! I believe that Maine (the trolls in our government) use programs like parolee relocation, as a method of generating revenue. It would come as no surprise to me. This same reasoning was used to justify the importation of thousands of immigrants to our state; however, in that case, the shortsighted legislature did not take into account the cost of managing the social services the immigrants required. I suspect the program resulted in a very significant net loss for the state's coffers.
But look on the bright side, we are now more "ethnically diverse."
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