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News - December 1996

Petition opposing parole in Schindler murder circulating

The following petition opposing parole in the murder of Petty Officer Allen R. Schindler Jr., will be submitted to the Naval Clemency and Parole Board on behalf of Allen Schindler's Mother, Mrs. Dorothy Hadjys-Holman.

On Oct. 27, 1992, Terry Helvey brutally murdered Petty Officer Allen R. Schindler, Jr., his shipmate. Helvey beat and stomped Schindler to death because Schindler was gay. Helvey's attack was so vicious that he destroyed every organ in Schindler's body. Allen Schindler's mother, Mrs. Dorothy Hadjys-Holman, could identify her son only by the remains of the tattoos on his arms. The medical examiner compared Schindler's injuries to those sustained by victims of fatal airplane crashes.

Terry Helvey is now serving a life sentence in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for the murder of Allen Schindler. By statute, Helvey is granted a clemency hearing every year. In addition, he will be eligible for parole in the year 2002.

We, the undersigned, oppose clemency or parole for Terry Helvey. Helvey has no respect for human life and should serve his full life sentence. By keeping Helvey in prison, the Navy will protect society from a dangerous killer and send a strong message that anti-gay violence will not be tolerated in the armed forces.

Signature     Name     Address, City, State, Zip Code

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Please reproduce and circulate this petition. Return petitions to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), P.O. Box 53013, Washington, D.C. 20009. SLDN is assisting Allen Schindler's family in collecting signatures to present to the Naval Clemency and Parole Board. SLDN attorneys will also appear before the Board on behalf of the family to argue against clemency or parole for Terry Helvey every time he is eligible for consideration.


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