Bring Kevin Hoppe Home!!
Bring Kevin Hoppe Home!!
Kevin was born in St Louis Missouri in 1969. His father was in the military and he had 2 brothers. He was arrested in 1986 for first degree murder.
Kevin was spending time with what he thought were friends one night, he had been drinking and he fell asleep in the car while his friends committed a crime of horrible nature. He was asleep in the vehicle when the people he was with brutally murdered a young female that Kevin happened to be neighbors with. He awoke as the act was being finalized but he was disoriented by the alcohol as well as just waking up. The others got back into the car and immediately drove him home. Not long after, the police showed up and arrested him for having blood on his shoe. To this day, we do not know how the blood got on his shoe. It is possible that it was transferred there by another after they got into the vehicle with him. It was enough to try him for the death penalty, but was lessoned to 2nd degree murder as he was found not guilty of capital murder.
He has been in prison ever since.
While incarcerated he has received a degree as a paralegal, he has been part of a program that trains dogs so that they may be adopted out to their forever homes called 'Puppies for Parole'. He has helped many of his fellow prisoners including helping to get one of them paroled. He is extremely kind, caring and intelligent. He has done so much to better himself since being incarcerated and all that he wants, is to be able to come home. He has been to 5 parole hearings, all of which have been denied with no explanation as to why or what he could do to be granted parole.
He has been incarcerated for a total of 34 years as of now. At his next parole hearing, it will be 36 years total.
The parole board will not give any insight as to why he continues to get denied, or what he could possibly do to change their decision. I have been told that as long as the family of the victim continues to show up, he will not be released. While I can understand wanting to give the victims justice, how many years does a man need to give, how many lifetimes will it take to say that he is sorry for the loss of their loved one and that even though he was not the one who should have been punished for this loss, he has taken responsibility for it and given up over half of his life. If he had been the one to do such an unspeakable crime, I would not be here asking you for your help. A life sentence for a life sentence, is just in my opinion. But, this man does not deserve to lose another day of freedom for this crime. I promise you, he is not a cold-blooded murderer who deserves to be where he is at. He is not beyond redemption. Why bother giving parole hearings if there is nothing he can do to change the outcome of said hearing? We cannot change immutable facts, such as family showing up. So this just may be our last resort before the criminal 'justice' system takes another bright light that did not deserve it. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE!
All that we want, is for a good man, who has repented as well as paid for 'his' crime, to be able to come home to his family - after so many years away. Please help us by signing this petition for the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole so that we may help our dear friend/family. We would never ask of such a thing if we did not know beyond a shadow of doubt, that he was a good man that deserves a chance to be a free man and make further amends for his crime.