Protest Parole of Kennedy Sisters Killer Jul 27, 2017 17:35:02 GMT -5
Post by kennedysisters on Jul 27, 2017 17:35:02 GMT -5
Edmond Degan, a violent criminal with a lengthy record, got away with murder for over 30 years before being charged. After serving less than 3 years (1/4 of his prison sentence), Murderer Edmond Degan is under review for Parole by the State of Texas.
On the morning of Monday, March 5, 1984, my Grandfather Jack left his house and walked around the corner to his daughter Yleen’s home after she had failed to show up to drive him to a doctor’s appointment. As he walked towards Yleen’s house located on East 12th Street in the Heights area, he noticed her door was open and he immediately suspected that something was terribly wrong. In the entry way, he stumbled onto a grisly murder scene. His youngest daughter, Lillie age 23, was fully clothed lying on the floor near the entry way with a single gunshot wound to the head. Just a few feet away, his other daughter, Yleen age 33, was lying on her living room floor in a night shirt with her panties around her ankles. Yleen had paper towels shoved down her throat to muffle her screams. She had been bludgeoned over the head multiple times with a blunt object and shot once in the arm. Her throat had been stabbed several times resulting in death. The crime remained unsolved for several decades. My grandparents and mother (the eldest sister of Yleen & Lillie) went to their graves never knowing what happened to their loved ones.
For over 30 years, the murders of the Kennedy sisters remained a cold case until a tip was received at the end of 2014. Edmond Degan was interviewed by police back in 1984 when the murders occurred, but it wasn’t until a tip was called in to HPD in that the investigation was turned toward Edmond Degan. Edmond Degan’s DNA came up as a High Probability DNA match collected from Yleen’s rape kit that had been preserved by HPD all of these years. The High Probability DNA match led to the arrest of Edmond Degan on January 14, 2015.
Edmond Degan remained in the Harris County Jail until February 20, 2017. The Defense and Prosecution came to a plea agreement sentencing him to 15 years in state prison for the murder of Yleen Kennedy. As part of the plea agreement, the Capital Murder charge was reduced to murder by dropping the robbery and rape charges in the case. When Degan is released from prison, he will not be required to register as a sex offender because of the agreement. According to the law, Degan cannot be prosecuted separately for the murder of Lillie Kennedy. He has never admitted to causing the death of Lillie and has never provided a motive for the murder of Yleen Kennedy.
As the law states, murderer Degan is eligible for parole after serving only a quarter of his sentence! I want to ask you how you would feel knowing this individual has the potential to be released back into society after serving only two (2) years in the Harris County jail and less than a year in state prison on a 15-year plea bargain sentence?
I can only hope that it is unlikely he would be granted parole so soon but let’s not forget he is already under Parole Review by the state of Texas and will be up for parole every subsequent year until his release. According to statistics, it is estimated Edmond Degan will only serve a couple more years in state prison.
Let’s not ignore the fact that Edmond Degan has a lengthy criminal history that includes multiple aggravated robberies with a deadly weapon, assault of a family member, drug possession charges and a terroristic threat charge. He literally got away with Murder for over 30 years before being charged. Who knows if there are other crimes Degan is responsible for that he has never been charged with. Do you feel safe having this individual released back into society including quite possibly in your very own neighborhood?
If you feel Edmond Degan is a danger to our society, I plead with you to please send in an email or letter of protest to the Parole Board. The Board's decision can be reached in as little as two (2) months’ time. My grandmother and grandfather along with my mother are not here to protest the parole of the Kennedy sisters' murderer. The victims, Yleen and Lillie, do not have a voice either. I will do everything in my power to fight Edmond Degan’s release, but I am asking for help from my family, friends and our community.
Please remember this is only one case and there are many other victims and families affected by similar tragedies. I encourage you to check into the POMC.com website’s Parole Block section and look under the “Current Petitions” link to fill out petitions blocking the early release of other criminals guilty of heinous murders.
Please submit protest emails and letters on behalf of the Kennedy Sisters, Lillie & Yleen, to the Victim Services Division in Austin, Texas. All protest information is confidential. The requestor must submit his/her protest in writing and should explain in detail the reason(s) for the protest. This can include details of the offense, the impact of the offense and any fears or concerns. Protest letters can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. Please make sure to include on the Email/Letter/Fax/:
Offender Edmond Degan
State ID# 02015096
Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265
Austin, TX 78757-6899
Fax: (512) 452-0825
If you would like to verify Edmond Degan’s Parole Review date, please feel free to call (800) 848-4284 and provide his State ID# and TDCJ# that is listed above.
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