(KMOV) – A local man who was sentenced to 80 years in the penitentiary in 1983 was released not once, but twice, committing more crimes.
Dwayne Duckett was back in the courtroom last week, and it has some wondering why he was paroled in the first place. However, due to Missouri state statue, parole hearings are not open to the public because there is a concern about protecting victims’ confidential information. This means it is not clear why he was released the first nor the second time.
Today, there is no indication of the crime that took place in the 6000 block of McPherson when an elderly couple was awakened by two intruders – one of whom was allegedly Duckett, who was 18 at the time. The husband was beaten and bound and his wife spend two months in the hospital recovering from injuries.
Her husband later told the Associated Press, “They broke every bone in her face. They fractured her skull and broke her jaw in several places. They broke her leg trying to rape her.”
In spite of death threats, the husband testified and Duckett got 80 years.
Duckett was released in 2005. He later tested positive for drugs and was sent back to the penitentiary only to be rereleased again in 2008. Shortly thereafter he was arrested again for burglary.
Duckett was prosecuted on new charges, and the trial ended last week with a conviction.
The most time that Duckett can get for burglaries is 15 years. The Department of Corrections will hold a hearing to decide whether to revoke his parole on the original case.