Block Parole for Airry Massey, Parole ID# 00308657

Block Parole for Airry Massey, Parole ID# 00308657

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Sheryl Pickering started this petition to Parole Commission

On July 3, 1999, Airry Massey and an accomplice gunned down Aaron Pickering, 23, during an armed robbery at a Rent-A-Center (aka Get It Now) store where he was working as a manager. Aaron was only 23 years old, just beginning his life, and in the process of becoming a police officer.

When Airry Massey and his accomplice first went to commit the crime, they decided that their gun was not big enough and went in search of a larger, more “effective” gun. Once they were satisfied with having a bigger gun, the two drove to the store and asked Aaron for the money in the register, he surrendered the money, but was shot point blank in the cheek anyways. Aaron died right there on the floor. Six weeks later, Airry Massey and his accomplice were caught and arrested for this crime. Both of these people had previous criminal records, one had only been out of jail for a few weeks before committing this crime.

Originally charged with first degree intentional homicide, Airry Massey made a deal with the prosecutor and agreed to plead guilty to felony murder. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison, escaping a life sentence for his crime.

The 1999 law stated that after serving 25 percent of the sentence, a person would be eligible for parole. In addition, mandatory release from prison occurs after serving just 2/3 of the sentence. He will have only served 21 years when he is again considered for parole in December of 2020.

Aaron Pickering was the son of Patricia and Bruce Pickering, brother of Sheryl Pickering, and uncle of Mariah Mickelson. Family members who, due to the actions of Airry Massey, were unable to grow up and benefit from the positive influences of Aaron include: Nikolaus Niman, Paige Niman, Madelyn Eggers, Sophia Harrison, Skylyn Mickelson Whitt, and Oaklyn Mickelson Whitt.

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who STRONGLY OPPOSE parole for Airry Massey. Justice demands he serve the full prison term given to him at the time he was sentenced for this heinous crime.

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