Please help us keep a vicious man in prison.
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Last year, my family and I began a petition to keep convicted murderer and ex deputy Sheriff Samuel Leon Evans (Inmate ID: CDC#D-89387) behind bars. Thanks to the overwhelming amount of support and signatures by you, Governor Jerry Brown interceded and denied Sam's parole. However the time has come to once again fight for justice, and we need your help. On September 13, 2017, the parole board will be meeting once again to discuss Sam's case. We must convince them to deny him parole.
As a recap:
31 years ago, on a cold winter’s night in Big Bear Lake, California, my aunt Jill Swafford and her unborn babies Caren and Christopher were brutally murdered by her husband (and the children’s father) deputy sheriff Samuel Leon Evans. He was convicted on three counts of first degree murder and sentenced for seventy-five years to life with an earliest parole date in 2036. Thanks to California’s Elderly Parole Program; a program which offers parole hearings to state prisoners who are 60 or older and have served at least 25 years. Sam’s earliest parole hearing date was moved to 2016. We were unfortunately unaware of this program before, and were completely shocked.
On our previous petition we described the events which lead my aunt and her twin babies, Caren and Christopher to their gruesome murder. We have included it here as well to remind everyone of why we are desperately trying to keep Sam in prison.
Jill was nearly nine months pregnant when she was murdered on March 21, 1986. Sam was a deputy sheriff for the city of Big Bear Lake, California, and at the time of the murder had already been guilty of prisoner abuse, animal cruelty, and other miscellaneous violence, all of this by his own admission.
Sam had also been having an affair, which was, unfortunately, common knowledge to everyone including my aunt Jill. Even though he had been cheating on her, Jill still loved Sam, and wanted to keep their marriage.
Around 3:00 a.m, while Sam was on night duty, she followed him to talk to him. They both pulled over to the side of the road, where an argument concerning the affair broke out.
By Sam’s own admission, he pulled his gun, but then realized that it wouldn’t look like an accident if he shot her. He bludgeoned her in the head instead with his gun, and she fell to the ground after the first blow and begged for her life. He continued to beat her head in with the weapon, a piece of her skull chipping away in the process. Thinking he had killed her, he tried to cover his actions by trying to make it look like a terrible car accident. Jill was still alive however when he put her into her car and pushed it off an embankment near the dam. After her car came crashing to a halt, he climbed down the hill.
Sam continued to bludgeoned Jill over and over again at the bottom of the embankment, and then cut up her face, presumably with his knife. After this, he placed a hydraulic car jack on top of her head. He left her wedged tightly on the floorboard, face down with her abdomen pressed down on the transmission lever and her head slightly out the right front door. Sam then called the incident in on the police radio in his squad car.
Too many details-- including Sam being covered in blood, and the butt of his gun covered with both Jill’s hair and her blood ---did not add up for Jill’s death to have been an accident. It soon became apparent that Sam had murdered her, and their twin babies Caren and Christopher.
During the trial, the doctor who performed the autopsy on Jill and the twins had stated that it would have been more humane for Sam to have shot her. Her brain was mush.
Jill was a loving, vivacious person to everyone who knew her. She cared deeply for all the people in her life. Her greatest desire however, was to be a mother, a dream that would never be fulfilled because of Sam’s incredibly cruel and selfish actions. Caren and Christopher, two innocent little babies who lives had barely begun, weren’t even thought of or considered by Sam when he decided to murder his wife. Along with Jill, their lives were taken much too soon.
On April 5, 2016, a parole hearing was held for Samuel Evans (Inmate ID: CDC#D-89387) , and we the family of Jill, Caren, and Christopher attended as well. Despite our pleas, the parole panel insisted that Sam is ready to rejoin society because of several commendations and his longstanding record of good behavior. They stated that the “crime was inexplicable”, and that because of his good record, the crime was a “single anomaly” in his life. They also expressed that the justice system is no longer about punishment, but in determining when inmates are ready to rejoin society. Their ideals have proven that the destruction of a human life is worth only ten years of incarceration at best, which is a very dangerous attitude for our society.
As a deputy sheriff, Sam was supposed to be a model citizen; his job was to protect and serve. Instead of upholding his duty, Sam showed on multiple occasions that he is not a stable individual, and that he is dangerous to the public. He committed an abhorrent act of violence on not only the one who trusted and loved him the most (his wife), but on his unborn son and daughter, and this shows what he is capable of. In addition, we have received many accounts from people that he abused during his time as a police officer, wielding his power and authority for his own personal ends. We do not believe that he has been rehabilitated, and that he is still a danger to society.
What we do today will determine what happens in the future. If we allow evil people to escape justice, it will become normal and acceptable for society to allow other, possibly even more dangerously wicked people to escape justice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope you will help us by keeping a dangerous murderer, like Samuel Evans, behind bars.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
Sincere thanks from the family and friends of Jill, Caren, and Christopher Swafford.
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