On October 4, 1989, Duane Samuels was murdered by Jonathan Norton. Norton received a life sentence, 99 years in prison.
UPDATE: FEB. 5, 2019
On February 4, 2019, Norton faced his first discretionary parole hearing.
He was DENIED PAROLE. He can apply for discretionary parole again in 10 years, in 2029.
Thank you for your outpouring of support. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your words of encouragement.
Thank you for writing emails to the parole board.
More than 360 emails were sent in. These emails remain in Norton's parole packet, forever. The emails MATTERED and made a difference.
Again, THANK YOU.
Four Criteria the Parole Board Considers
Alaska Statute, Sec. 33.16.100. Granting of Discretionary Parole
(a) The board may authorize the release of a prisoner convicted of an unclassified felony who is otherwise eligible under AS 12.55.115 and AS 33.16.090(a)(1) on discretionary parole if it determines a reasonable probability exists that
(1) the prisoner will live and remain at liberty without violating any laws or conditions imposed by the board;
(2) the prisoner's rehabilitation and reintegration into society will be furthered by release on parole;
(3) the prisoner will not pose a threat of harm to the public if released on parole, and;
(4) release of the prisoner on parole would not diminish the seriousness of the crime.
Alaska Constitution on Criminal Administration
Article 1 - Declaration of Rights
§ 12. Criminal Administration
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Criminal administration shall be based upon the following: the need for protecting the public, community condemnation of the offender, the rights of victims of crimes, restitution from the offender, and the principle of reformation. [Amended 1994]
Thank you for reading, remembering and caring.
The Samuels Family