Parole Alert: Brian Nelson, Lowcountry double cop killer

It's not every day we ask for Blogland readers to help us - but it's not every day that someone who killed two cops has a parole hearing in South Carolina.

Brian Nelson (the guy on the right) faces a parole hearing for the hit-and-run deaths of Summerville Police Officer William Bell and Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Gene Wright, who were killed in the line of duty while attempting to assist a motorist on U.S. Route 17-A in Summerville. To date, he has served just EIGHT YEARS of a twenty year sentence. In our view, you don't drive over and kill two cops and just serve eight years (in our world, he'd be swinging from the gallows).

So yeah, we're opposed to Nelson's release, and we hope you will will join us in doing so.

If you want to go ahead and register your objections without reading any further, please visit the Department of Probation and Parole website (http://www.dppps.sc.gov/oppose_parole.html) and state your opposition to the release of Brian Nelson, SCDC inmate # 00292367.

His parole hearing is scheduled for July 25 at 9:30 a.m. We'll keep you posted on the location.

If you'd like to know more about what happened, Valarie Bell Wright, the daughter of officer William Bell, provided this narrative about what took place:

On November 19, 2002, my Dad and Deputy Wright of the Berkely County Sheriff's Office were assisting a disabled motorist when a vehicle driven by Brian L. Nelson drove off the road, striking and killing both men. Mr. Nelson, a life-long epileptic, had a history of seizure-induced traffic accidents and was prohibited by state law from operating a vehicle or obtaining a SC driver's license. In addition, his physicians advised him not to drive, as his seizures were uncontrolled and he was heavily medicated. Mr. Nelson, however, disregarded the laws of this state, the recommendations of his doctors, and a prior conviction for a similar offense (seizure-induced traffic accident) and continued to drive anyway ultimately leading to the accident that killed two men.

After striking my Dad and Deputy Wright, Brian Nelson attempted to flee the scene but was detained by a witness to the accident. Mr. Nelson was arrested for two counts of reckless homicide, pled guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to two consecutive 10 year terms (20 years). However, after serving only eight years of a 20 year sentence, Brian L. Nelson is now eligible for parole, and he will be released from Lieber Prison if we don't stop it. And so, my family is asking for your help.

Please take a moment to visit the SC Department of Probation & Parole web site (posted below) in order to voice your opposition to Mr. Nelson's early release. You only need to have the offender's name and his inmate number to complete the parole opposition form, and that information has been provided for you. Also, feel free to email this to your contacts or repost on your FB page. We need all the help we can get!

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