Some convicts released early, man raises awareness

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Several convicted rapists and murders were almost released from prison early last month, but the Supreme Court decision was overturned.

Still, some inmates are heading home over the next few months and Richard Ehrhart has started a one-man operation to fight it.

Ehrhart's wife was murdered in 1975 when she went to the convenience store.  Her killer was sentenced to life, but the courts may send him home early.

He's created a blog to raise awareness about the court decisions he says are sending convicts into our neighborhoods.

Click here to read the blog

"We've got 140 at least, probably more, class A class B felons sentenced in 1975 and the 1980s who are going to be trying to go to court to get their sentences reduced and be released," said Ehrhart.

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