Thursday, the Alabama Parole Board confirmed to WAAY 31’s I-Team it’s investigating how a man sentenced to life in prison was released, arrested and released again and is now charged with killing three people.
Jimmy Spencer was paroled in January 2018, despite the fact that he was supposed to be serving a life sentence for crimes he committed in Franklin County. Months after being paroled Spencer now stands accused of killing three people in Guntersville.
WAAY31 asked if Spencer's parole officer is under investigation. The parole board said they could not comment on that, but said they are reviewing his entire case to find out how or if Spencer's parole officer was notified about his arrests after his parole. The parole board said they are also looking at the notification system and how this information could have gotten missed.
After being paroled in January, Spencer was sent to an inmate re-entry program in Birmingham. A few weeks later, parole officials said he just walked off. They are still trying to figure out exactly when it happened and why it wasn’t reported.
WAAY 31 was first to tell you about Spencer's misdemeanor citations he got in Guntersville State Park in May. The I-Team then uncovered police in Sardis arrested Spencer in June for drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude, and resisting arrest.
The Sardis police chief said his officers ran Spencer's name in a national data base and sent the state a message about his arrest, but nothing was done and he walked out of jail.
The parole board said they don't have a timeline on when this review of Spencer's case could be done, even then it's unclear if we will be privileged to their findings.
In the 80's Spencer was charged with multiple burglaries and sentenced to life in prison for burglary in Franklin County. During his prison time he broke out of prison multiple times and was charged with assaulting another inmate. The parole board said it granted him parole because of his 'positive conduct record' and a low to medium chance of re-offending. He’s now in the Marshall County jail without bond.
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