The petition to keep Vanessa Coleman behind bars has gained a lot of signatures already. Coleman is the only female convicted in the murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. Many of you are asking how she can already be up for parole.
Coleman got 35 years, but only has to serve 30 percent of her sentence. Thirty percent of 35 years is 10.5 years. In January 2015, she will have served 8 years. She's gained 16 days per month off their sentence for good behavior. That's 192 days a year. Subtract all of that and that's why she's coming up for parole October 8th. If she's successful in getting that, she could be released on December 17th.
So what can you do to help? Go to the link on the right side of this page for the online petition. There are 6 different things the parole board will consider. This petition is just one of those. Some other things include time served, seriousness of the offense, and vocational programs while behind bars.