Thomas Blanton Jr. Denied Parole After 1963 Bombing Of Birmingham Church
An Alabama parole board has denied early release to a 78-year-old Ku Klux Klansman who was convicted of killing four black girls in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
“It’s one of the most notorious racially motivated crimes of the civil rights era,” as NPR has reported. The victim’s families vociferously argued against granting parole to Thomas Blanton Jr., who is serving four life sentences for killing Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This was Blanton’s first chance at parole, according to Al.com.
The board denied parole and said the next hearing would be held in five years at the earliest — the maximum possible time
A journalist with the Birmingham Daily News attended the parole hearing and posted a video of Lisa McNair, victim Denise McNair’s younger sister, testify as to why Blanton should be forced to ser
“I had to watch my parents and their grief all of my life. They’re strong and proud, and wonderful people, who waited patiently for 30-some-odd years for justice to be served, and justice was finally served in 2001 in the case of Thomas Blanton. And I believe he should continue to serve his justice in prison for the rest of his life.
“He’s serving four life terms, and he should continue to serve the four life terms. We hold no ill will or malice against him but we have laws in this country. We have justice. And justice has finally said he needs to serve his time.”
This terrorist thug wasn’t convicted until 2001, he had over 30 years of freedom. His free days are done.
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