160 crime victims tell their stories for Victims Visitor's Day - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

160 crime victims tell their stories for Victims Visitor's Day

(Source: WTVM) (Source: WTVM)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles held a Victims Visitor's Day event to give victims an opportunity to speak out.

An estimated 160 crime victims participated in this event.

Some families took 10 minutes to tell their stories while some took an hour as a part of the grieving process. It also included families ensuring their convicted killers stay locked up in jail.

Terry Barnard is a member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles and he says it's important for victims and their families to talk about the impact crimes have made on the victims. 

"It's important for the victims themselves to come and to absolutely talk about the specific crimes to be able to make sure that individual board members understand the impact that particular crimes had on their life, so they can have resolution sometimes and even satisfaction that we understand the severity of that particular crime," Barnard said.

Parole Board Executive Director Michael Nail said, "When speaking with victims that have been impacted by crime, it is gratifying to hear that they were able to have their questions answered and gain an understanding of the parole process. More importantly is the fact that they realize that we are concerned and care about them as individuals, and that they always have a voice with the Parole Board."

Victims also had the opportunity to discuss their cases confidentially and ask questions regarding their offender. The board members did not leave until every victim spoke with them one on one.


For more information on the Parole Board or Victims Visitor's Day please click here.

Copyright 2015 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:10 PM EST2018-01-21 20:10:26 GMT
    (Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)(Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
  • Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:43 PM EST2018-01-21 20:43:56 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
  • UPDATE: Missing Columbus 14-year-old located

    UPDATE: Missing Columbus 14-year-old located

    Sunday, January 21 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-01-22 04:56:33 GMT

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) The Special Victims Unit of the Columbus Police Department is issuing a critical missing persons alert for a 14-year-old.  Michael Burgett was last seen in the area of the 3700 block of 18th Ave. on Sunday. Burgett was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing, blue jean shorts and red high-top tennis shoes.  Police are now asking for the public's help in tracking this missing teen down. Anyone with information on Burgett's location is asked to contact...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) The Special Victims Unit of the Columbus Police Department is issuing a critical missing persons alert for a 14-year-old.  Michael Burgett was last seen in the area of the 3700 block of 18th Ave. on Sunday. Burgett was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing, blue jean shorts and red high-top tennis shoes.  Police are now asking for the public's help in tracking this missing teen down. Anyone with information on Burgett's location is asked to contact...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly