Boaz Passes Resolution Opposing Parole for Councilman’s Sister’s Killer

BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The killer of a Boaz councilman’s sister is about to be up for parole.

The other members of the city council and the mayor passed a resolution on behalf of Jerry Battles and the city of Boaz, to deny the parole request of Douglas Scott Barron.

Barron killed his wife, Sheila Battles Barron, in 1989.  He turned himself in to police, and later pled guilty to murder.  Barron’s plea agreement was for a 30 year prison sentence.

“The only thing I’m asking is that he serve his time that he agreed on when the judge sentenced him,” councilman Jerry Battles said.

“I think justice–the legal part of it according to the court–has been served at that time.  In my opinion it has not, but if the court says 30 years, I’m willing to live with it,” he said.

Battles deals with death every day, operating the Twilight Monument Company, where he makes grave stones and markers for others who’ve lost loved ones.  He said that familiar does not make it easier to cope with his own loss.

“Sudden death, it seems like is harder to deal with than just someone when you’re expecting it.  We just have to work and do the best we can every single day,” Battles said.

The June 25 parole hearing will be the third request for an early release by Douglas Barron, who went to jail in 1989 and had requests denied in 2004 and 2009.  Battles’ fellow council members passed a resolution Monday on behalf of his family, to deny parole.

“The city is saying that they want the judicial system to uphold his sentencing that he was given back in May of 1989.  It makes me feel real great knowing that the mayor and council is backing me not as a council member but as a citizen of Boaz.”

If Barron does not receive parole, his 30-year prison sentence will end April 28, 2019.

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