BELFAIR - Gina Vinecourt's efforts to keep her father's killer behind bars went digital.
She started a Facebook group called "Justice for Kitsap County Deputy Dennis Allred," to send the message that she wants her father’s killer, Nedley G. Norman, to stay incarcerated.
After 33 years in prison, Norman is up for a parole hearing in July. The 55-year-old is currently held at Airway Heights Correction Center in Spokane. If he is found parolable, Norman may be released as early as November, according to parole board officials.
Vinecourt, of Belfair, and the 457 members of the Facebook group are collecting petitions and letters expressing their disapproval of Norman’s possible release.
The 30-year-old Allred was making a traffic stop on April 19, 1978, on Illahee Road. One car was towing another, and it lacked working headlights. One of the cars also turned out to be stolen.
Three people got out of the car, including Norman, who fatally shot Allred twice. Allred was the last Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy to be killed in the line of duty.
Norman was sentenced to death for Allred’s murder in October 1978.
Since then, his sentence has been reduced twice.
In 1981, the state Supreme Court declared the death penalty law in place at the time to be unconstitutional. A new death penalty law was soon enacted, but Norman’s sentence was reduced to life without the possibility of parole.
In 1991, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals resentenced Norman to life with the possibility of parole after a minimum term of 50 years.
Norman has been able shave 198 months from his sentence due to good behavior, reducing his original 600-month sentence to 402 months, or about 33 years.
July marks 33 years since Norman’s incarceration, at which time he will meet with the parole board.
When he meets with the board, he will be asked to present a community release plan detailing where and what he plans to do when he gets out of prison. He previously met with the parole board in April 2009.
"In his description to the board, Norman said wanted to return back to Kitsap. He didn’t have any hard feelings towards the county and he didn’t understand why others did. He still has family here, a home waiting for him. He might have a business waiting for him left by his father," remembered Vinecourt.
The parole board asked Norman to rethink his work release plan and ultimately denied him work release, according to Vinecourt.
Vinecourt is hoping the Facebook efforts will send a clear message to the board come July.
"I want the board and Norman to know people of Washington state are not comfortable with him getting out. No one wants him to be their next-door neighbor," said Vinecourt.
In deciding whether to release prisoners, the parole board takes into consideration the thoughts of the survivors of victims.
According to the parole board’s website, the board weighs any "information from the victim or the victim’s family, including comments on the impact of the crime, concerns about the offender’s potential release, and requests for conditions if the offender is released."
She hopes to deliver the letters and signatures to the parole board by mid-June.
"When Norman said he didn’t have hard feelings towards Kitsap County, these petitions, letters, the support is to send a message to Norman — you pulled that trigger several times, shot my dad in the face and killed him. You need to pay the price," she said.