Dear Friends, Family and Concerned Citizens,
Attached is a letter to oppose the parole of Gerardo Ugalde, the man that hit and killed my son, Travis(pictured above) Andrew Schlueter, on August 20, 2007.
Ugalde received 12 years for Intoxication Manslaughter and Failure to Stop and Render Aid. He has served 2 of those years. As I have said before, I do not want an eye for an eye, I do not want his mother to suffer the same heartache that I do daily, but I do want justice and that means for him to serve all of his 12 years.
Please take a moment to read both the letter below and the attached letter to oppose the parole of Gerardo Ugalde. If you feel comfortable enough to sign it, you can just type in your name on the letter and email it to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division.
If you want to help me make an impact, forward this email to your email address book or print out copies and ask your friends and family to sign a letter. It really boils down to how many letters they receive and what the community outcry is saying. Please help us to continue to make our community safe.
We thank you for you continued love and support,
Scott, Kelli, Kevin & Travis (in spirit)
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Victim Services Division
Angela McCown, Director
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, TX 78757-6899
Re: Gerardo Ugalde As a concerned citizen, I strongly
State ID: 08013821 OPPOSE THE PAROLE of GERARDO UGALDE.
TDCJ ID: 01625122
Gerardo Ugalde’s drunken driving killed Travis Andrew Schlueter. Travis was serving in the military at the time of his death. He was a Private First Class stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. Travis will forever be 21 years old in the minds and hearts of his friends and family. He was not given the chance to live the life he deserved. Marriage, a family and a Military Career were part of his dreams. He was an avid soccer player and loved Salsa dancing. Travis also loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, bike riding, and hiking. All of his friends and family feel his loss deeply and he will be remembered and missed always.
Travis was riding his motorcycle at 9:20pm on August 19, 2007 when he was hit from behind by Ugalde’s speeding (93 mph in a 30 mph zone) SUV. Ugalde ran over Travis and left him for dead. Ugalde failed to stop and render aid and fled the scene. Four hours after the crash, Ugalde was finally apprehended by Law Enforcement and reports indicate that Ugalde’s blood alcohol was .08. Experts tell us that at the time of the crash, Ugalde was probably in the range of .16 or double the legal limit. Travis Schlueter suffered five hours of extensive surgery but his injuries were so severe that he died at the hospital during the early morning hours of August 20, 2007.
While waiting for trial and under house arrest, Ugalde failed to comply with his SCRAM requirements by drinking on two separate occasions. SCRAM recorded these failures and reported them to the District Attorney’s office. Showing total disregard for his house arrest requirements, Ugalde told officers of the court that he failed SCRAM on purpose to see if court officers would respond. Clearly Ugalde still does not appreciate the seriousness of the violent crime he committed that took the life of an innocent human being.
Ugalde has shown and continues to show a complete lack of respect for the laws of the State thus he is not a good candidate for parole. Gerardo Ugalde was a threat to every driver on the road the night of August 19, 2007, and his actions since August 19 give no indication that he should be a candidate for parole. In fact, he should not be paroled because he remains a danger to others and himself.
Ugalde was an underage drinker who was driving with a revoked license and paroling him would send the wrong message, i.e., that it is OK to drive drunk and kill or maim innocent human beings. Travis’ parents, Kelli and Scott Schlueter have been sentenced to a lifetime of grief and emotional suffering. Travis’ younger brother, Kevin, was 18 at the time of the fatal crash that killed his only sibling. Kevin’s grief continues, as is often the case when a senseless act of violence as was committed by Ugalde occurs.
I plead with the board to not parole Gerardo Ugalde. I believe that he will drive drunk again and hurt or kill someone else. Keep our community safe by denying parole to Gerardo Ugalde.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Your name here