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murder

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Petition to Ohio Parole Board

Help Us Keep a Murderer Behind Bars

On June 20, 1989 Katherine "Kathy" Howard was murdered by Brenda Lewis in Marion, Ohio.  Kathy was shopping at a convenience store getting ready for a weekend at Lake Erie when she was shot numerous times in the back by Brenda.  Brenda then stayed at the location until police arrived and she was arrested.  She bought the gun the same day she murdered Kathy had been released from a mental health unit a month before she committed this crime. This was the sixth time she had been released from a mental hospital. Brenda has a long history of mental health issues and is a schizophrenic.  Her family has a history of mental illness (one of her brothers shot his own wife and he was an officer of the law). She also had a long history of harassing Kathy, sometimes even when Kathy was at a friend's. Brenda would call the house she thought Kathy was at just to threaten her.  SHE HAS CONTINUED TO HAVE BEHAVIOR ISSUES WHILE IN PRISON.  Since her last parole hearing in 2013, Brenda has had 11 critical behavior issues against her as of this writing. Not once has Brenda shown remorse for her actions. Your family or community could be in danger if this woman is released. Some people argue that this evil woman has "served her time".  Please take a moment to stop and think if you'd feel safe with this woman living next to you or a close loved one. Kathy missed out on a lot of things in life.  Kathy was a humorous person always making others laugh. She lived life to the fullest and that life was taken away from her when she was only 37. This murder greatly impacted Kathy's family and friends.  She was taken from her children when they were fairly young and just starting their own lives.  Her children did not have their mother with them to celebrate milestones in their lives such as weddings, birthdays, holidays, and the birth of their children.  Some of Kathy's grandchildren will never get to meet their grandma.  Others lost an amazing friend, sister, aunt, cousin....and continue to hurt over Kathy's death. Many people have been greatly affected by Kathy's death.  It has been 29 years since Kathy was taken from us but the pain is still as raw and as fresh as the day she was taken from us. We would appreciate your support to help us keep Brenda in prison and people safe.  If she should be released, another family (possibly yours) could end up dealing with the heartache we have had to deal with. Out of respect for the family, please refrain from saying rude/hurtful comments or showing support for Brenda's release.   https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83891020/katherine-howard https://www.10tv.com/article/family-fighting-possible-parole-mothers-killer https://www.10tv.com/article/marion-county-murderer-spend-least-5-more-years-behind-bars https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml https://appgateway.drc.ohio.gov/OffenderSearch/Search/Details/W024100 https://www.facebook.com/katherine.dixonhoward/photos_all (scroll to bottom to see the newspaper articles about the crime)   Articles related to her brother murdering his wife: http://history.fclib.org/files/original/40/3276/02-20-1985.pdf (page 1, right lower page "Former Deputy Held as Spouse Killed Tuesday" http://history.fclib.org/files/original/40/3275/02-27-1985.pdf (top left, "Murder ChargeLodged by Jury Against Lewis")  

Brandi Mattingly
1,124 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Families, Victims, & Law Enforcement Need the "Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020"

The Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020 is for EVERYONE! It supports law enforcement, victims, and families' rights. It includes victims of unsolved homicides, sexual assaults, missing persons, kidnappings, and other unsolved crimes. According to Murder Accountability Project, there are more than 229,000 unsolved murders in the United States. This means there are 229,000 families without answers and victims without justice. This could also mean there are 229,000 or more violent offenders still free, walking our streets, and living in our communities with that number growing by 5,000 or more every year. By signing the petition, you can make a statement to law makers that you care about law enforcement's fiscal and human resources, your community, you care about people who have been affected by and lost loved ones to violent crime, and that the American Criminal Justice System must respond.  Currently, law enforcement fiscal resources are not enough to solve the American Cold Case Epidemic problem let alone to handle the incoming pending cases our men and women in blue are bombarded with daily. This misalignment of fiscal resources leaves law enforcement officers overworked, under paid, and unable to handle all the cases that need their attention, cold case victims without justice, families without answers, and violent offenders in society with the opportunity to reoffend. It is most likely that there is not a detective in America that wouldn't to everything he or she could if funding was in place. It is a fact that American local and state law enforcement is underfunded and undermanned. Crime lab scientists are limited by financial thresholds that keep them to testing only a handful of items per case. Families beg for help and get nowhere. Some law enforcement agencies fiercely fight for their cold case families while others won't even give a family an update. Some families have not heard anything about their loved one's unsolved case in years...there are so many reasons for this. Some families have waited decades for "someone to do something." Becoming a Lifetime Member of the club "Families of Unsolved Homicide Victims" and cold cases is unfathomable to all except those who have been inducted. Will you join the club? Can you say with certainty that your family would never be personally affected by homicide, missing person, kidnapping, sexual assault and that you would not need to fellow citizens to rise and fight with you? No. None of us know that. Any of our lives can be changed forever in an instant by a violent offender who takes action. Any of us can become a family member of a murdered loved one or seriously affected by violent crime...it doesn't just happen to "other people." Law enforcement needs money, education, and training, more officers, and families of cold case victims needs laws giving them rights to do more. The proposed Cold Case Accountability Act of 2020 aims support law enforcement so they have the fiscal and human resources to address the American Cold Case Epidemic, victims, and families to include law, such as but not limited to due annually by December 31st:   Accountability Reports: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will submit a Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report Family Updates: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will update the family in writing and in person the non-confidential results of the Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report And after 24-months the above, plus:  Accountability Reports: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will submit a Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report Family Updates: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will update the family in writing and in person the non-confidential results of the Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report Outside Agency Case Review: Case Review by an approved law enforcement agency (Optional) Private Sector Experts: At the Family's expense, Private Sector Experts can consult with jurisdictional agency And after 36 months, if all leads have been exhausted, there is no where else to go with the case, the family has right to, all of the above, and:  Accountability Reports: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will submit a Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report Family Updates: For every cold case jurisdictional agencies will update the family in writing and in person the non-confidential results of the Standardized Cold Case Evidence Accountability, Update, Status, & Investigatory Plan Report Second Outside Agency Case Review: Second Case Review by an approved law enforcement agency (Optional) Private Sector Experts: At the Family's expense, with access to the entire case file, Private Sector Experts can conduct a private independent death investigation  (Optional) Private Sector Evidence Testing: At the Family's expense, physical evidence using advanced technology and/or retesting at a Certified Private Laboratory While it could be true that errors are to blame in cases across America and it is true that many families blame law enforcement for alleged shortcomings, corruption, coverups, etc. The truth is American law enforcement is underfunded, which mean there is no money for training that could help them avoid mistakes. And the truth is out of the 1.1 million law enforcement officers across America, the majority are outstanding individuals who do their jobs above board: one bad doesn't mean all bad. Fiscal resources must be reallocated in the United States primarily towards public safety, healthcare, and education or we won't need all the money allocated to sports and entertainment. The Cold Case Accountability Act aims to address the American Cold Case Epidemic with achievable, creative solutions that will realign critical objectives pointing the future trajectory squarely towards justice, increased public safety, federal legislation, access to advanced technology, enhanced investigative education, support for victims' families, and heightened public awareness. Thank you for your time and thank you for considering signing this petition towards Justice for All. We implore you to share and reshare frequently towards capturing as many signatures as possible. For more information visit www.ColdCaseRevolution.com

LPAteam
3,632 supporters