Block Parole for Charles Sheppard DOC# 00312596
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On July 3, 1999, Charles Sheppard 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. When police arrived at the scene, the cash drawer was open and the money had been taken. Aaron was found on the floor behind the counter with a gunshot wound to his left cheek.
Shortly after the murder, Charles Sheppard and the accomplice were arrested for this crime and charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide. Charles Sheppard had been released from incarceration just a few weeks before then committing the armed robbery and murder of Aaron Pickering.
Charles Sheppard made a deal with the prosecutor and agreed to plead guilty to Felony Murder, escaping a life sentence for his crime. In 1999, the maximum sentence for Felony Murder was 60 years in prison. The 1999 law also 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, which is this case is 40 years. He will have served less than 19 years when he is again considered for parole in June 2018.
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 Charles Sheppard, were unable to grow up and benefit from the positive influences of Aaron include: Nikolaus Niman, Paige Niman, Madelyn Eggers, Sophia Harrison, and Skylyn Mickelson Whitt.
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who STRONGLY OPPOSE parole for Charles Sheppard. 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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