Family letters convince DA, court to go for life sentence

Family letters convince DA, court to go for life sentence
Alan Hruby (Source KSWO)
Alan Hruby (Source KSWO)

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) –In lieu of possibly being sentenced to death, Alan Hruby's family members requested he be given the option to plead guilty and serve three consecutive life sentences.

Alan Hruby pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his parents and sister Thursday, March 10. Part of the agreement of his plea included serving three consecutive life sentences without parole, to not appeal the sentence, to not profit from his actions in any way and to not have any contact with family members or the media. Family members can, however, initiate contact with him.

"We feel that if Alan is given the death sentence I will go to my grave not seeing justice carried out. If he is given life without parole, I may be able to rest in peace," said Richard Stein Jr., Tinker Hruby's father, in a letter written to District Attorney Jason Hicks.

"If the killer will completely confess his guilt and evil actions to the court by pleading guilty, I will accept that there not be a trial and that he be sentenced for three consecutive life sentences WITHOUT parole. He must remain in prison for the rest of his day," Alison Hruby Whittaker, John Hruby's sister, wrote.

With their letters, Hicks and the court agreed to let Alan Hruby plead guilty in exchange for never being free again.

"I have been a champion of victims' rights since I came into office. To force a victim's family to sit through a trial is simply not consistent with that position. I firmly believe that Alan Hruby was deserving of a sentence of death, but if his family does not want to sit through a trial, I will honor their position and is the reason why the sentence was recommended," Hicks stated.

Hruby will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison.

You can read a statement from Hicks and two letters from family members asking for Hruby to spend life in prison here.

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