STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Now, fifty seven, a former Port Richmond resident who spent almost 4 many years in jail for murdering his 14-yr-previous girlfriend forty one years in the past, has been given an opportunity to attempt to begin a brand new life once more – out of the country.
Dempsey Hawkins, who strangled Susan Jacobson to dying on Might 15, 1976, dumped her physique right into a barrel after which lied to authorities and the sufferer’s household concerning the crime, has been deported to his native England. Hawkins was sixteen on the crime date.
“We knew it was occurring,” Travis resident William Jacobson, the sufferer’s father, stated Monday in a phone interview. “I would not use the phrase ‘glad,’ (however) I feel the household is grateful that he is been deported. Higher him overseas than within the nation. He is by no means coming again. It is principally, the top of the story.”
But even so, Jacobson admitted, the horrible ache, the searing grief and the guts-rending reminiscences will not ever fade greater than forty years later, no matter the place Hawkins is.
“It is by no means over. It by no means might be. He is nonetheless respiration air, and she or he by no means shall be,” Jacobson, seventy eight, stated.
He added, as a father or mother, he “feels sorry” for Hawkins’ mom.
In accordance with the state Division of Corrections and Group Supervision’s website online, Hawkins was launched Jan. 23 on parole into the custody of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was then flown to London, England, stated an ICE spokesman.
As soon as in London, Hawkins was picked up by a cousin he had by no means met and is being aided by an company that helps help convicts deported to England, stated a printed report within the New York Occasions.
Hawkins had been serving a sentence of twenty-two years to life.
Beginning in 2000, he turned eligible to use for parole, however was denied then and for each two years afterward.
His fortunes modified in August of final yr.
In a cut up determination of types, a state parole board denied Hawkins parole in the USA, however stated he could possibly be conditionally paroled if he shipped again to England by July 2018.
In its ruling, parole commissioners cited Hawkins’ good disciplinary document and the “quite a few rehabilitative achievements,” together with a university-degree schooling, he attained whereas behind bars.
However commissioners additionally discovered “troubling” Hawkins’ “denial and deletion of, or failure to recall sure information” concerning the crime throughout an interview then.
“Briefly, you continue to appear able to deception relating to felony ideas and conduct. We discover your deceit and actions in help…