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Parole near in 1982 case
I just added this to the webpage and thought people on the list would be
interested in learning of this. --Kathy
While looking for news of Julie and Lollie, I found the following
article. The convicted murderer in this 1982 case is due to be paroled
on October 22, 1996.
Copyright (c) 1995, Landmark Communications, Inc.
DATE: SATURDAY, August 13, 1994 TAG: 9408150041
SECTION: VIRGINIA PAGE: C1 EDITION: METRO
SOURCE: KATHY LOAN STAFF WRITER
DATELINE: LENGTH: Medium
TRAIL HIKERS' KILLER DENIED PAROLE FOR 8TH TIME
Randall Lee Smith, the Giles County man convicted in 1982 of murdering
two Appalachian Trail hikers, has been denied parole for the eighth
Smith, now 41, pleaded guilty in March 1982 to two charges of
second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The bodies of Robert Mountford Jr. and Laura Susan Ramsay, both social
workers in Ellsworth, Maine, were found in shallow graves.
They had been missing for about two weeks. Mountford was shot three
times in the head; Ramsay was beaten and stabbed more than a dozen
The decision to deny Smith parole once again came fairly quickly after
his July 20 interview.
John Metzger, chairman of the state's Parole Board, said three members
of the five-member board cast votes between Aug. 4 and Wednesday.
"It's good news. We definitely want him to serve the full sentence,"
said Brian King, spokesman for the Appalachian Trail Conference based
in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
Metzger said the parole was not granted "based on the serious nature
and circumstance of the offense."
Smith will have one more try at gaining parole next year before he is
released on mandatory parole Oct.22, 1996.
Smith has been in the Baskerville Correctional Unit in Southside
Virginia since August 1991, Metzger said. His file shows no
Keith Neely, one of Smith's trial lawyers, said he rarely, if ever,
has heard from Smith after his sentencing. Scarlet Ratcliffe, clerk of
the Giles County Circuit Court, said his file does not include any
Smith became eligible for parole in 1986. His file indicates several
media inquiries and many letters opposing his parole from the families
of both victims, Metzger said.