When former Governor Tim Kaine approved the transfer of a German national from the Buckingham Correctional Center to his homeland four years ago, his political opponents were furious, and as soon as he took office, Governor Bob McDonnell blocked the deal.
The prisoner was Jens Soering, a University of Virginia honors student, convicted in the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18. During the current campaign for governor neither candidate has mentioned Soering, the prisoner’s future could depend on who is elected.
The Virginia Parole Board has, again, refused to release Jens Soering, a former honors student from the University of Virginia, convicted of killing his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents with a knife.
She is also behind bars as an accomplice to the gruesome crime. Both have been model prisoners, and both are eligible for parole or a pardon from the governor.
Pressure from Soering’s homeland, Germany, is building, and some prominent people here in Virginia question his guilt.
Since his trial in 1990, former UVA honors student Jens Soering has maintained he did not kill his girlfriend’s parents – a prominent couple from Bedford County, though initially he did confess to the crimes.
But after he was convicted, new information came out, and the German government asked Virginia to send Soering – a German citizen – home.