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Petition circulates to keep Lauderdale County murderer in prison

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A campaign is underway in Lauderdale County to keep a man who pleaded guilty to murder in prison. In 2003, Timmie Dewayne Kelley was given a life sentence for the death of Troy Condrey. Now, the community is rising up to keep Kelley behind bars.

“There are people in this community who still fear him getting out,” stated Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. “They fear retribution from him if he gets out.”

Fifteen years after Troy Condrey's murder, Connolly said the community is still shaken. Condrey was beaten to death and his body dumped off a Tennessee River bridge in August of 2000.

Three years later, Timmie Dewayne Kelley pleaded guilty to murder.

"Prisons are made for people who commit these horrendous crimes and they should have to do their life sentences, and this gentleman should have to do his," Connolly explained.

Family and friends of Condrey have started an online petition to keep Kelley from being granted parole. As part of his plea agreement in 2003, Kelley waived his first parole hearing.

District Attorney Connolly said the petition has his full support.  He said there is still a long, emotional road ahead for the family.

“Once an inmate becomes eligible for parole, even if we are successful in keeping him there, the law says that every five years he gets another opportunity to ask for parole again. So, it’s difficult,” said Connolly.

The parole hearing for Kelley is scheduled for November 3rd in Montgomery.

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Kelley is currently being held in the Limestone Correctional Center.

Here is a link to the online petition to keep Timmie Kelley in prison.