Parole board chairman rescinds killer’s parole at governor’s request

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Published: May. 13, 2022 at 1:16 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 6:43 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Parole Commission’s chairman has decided to rescind parole for a man convicted of killing his wife.

Balsewicz was set to be released as soon as Tuesday after serving less than 25 years of his 80-year sentence.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had requested that Douglas Balsewicz’s parole be revoked after coming under criticism from Republicans looking to unseat him in November. Evers does not have the power to reverse someone’s parole, but his appointee who chairs the parole commission, John Tate, can do that.

Victim Johanna Balsewicz’s family learned of the move and pressured Evers to block it.

The governor met with her family Friday and sent a letter to Tate asking for “immediate and expeditious” reconsideration of her killer’s parole. He said Johanna’s family didn’t get a chance to respond to the move.

Tate agreed to rescind Balsewicz’s parole early Friday evening. 

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