Early release of a convicted felon has family outraged

Early release of a convicted felon has a family outraged
Early release of a convicted felon has a family outraged

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Lori Dorman was supposed to spend 30 years in prison for murdering Petal resident Sammie Garner ,but now she's scheduled to be released on Thursday- 15 years early.

"And now a person convicted of a violent crime can act good in prison and get out half way through their term, I don't understand," said Ex-wife of victim Sammie Garner, Chrystal Garner.

In 2001, Mississippi lawmakers amended the 1972 Early Release Law. According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, an inmate who has demonstrated good conduct and has met other requirements may be release under supervision after serving 85% of his or her sentence.

What Chrystal Garner doesn't understand is the early release of Lori Dorman, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for manslaughter and burglary, but has only served a little over 15 years.

"As I understand it she has been on several programs. Each of which contributed to her sentence, gave her more early release time," said Garner.

Dorman and Robert Phillips were convicted of killing Sammie Garner in Petal in 1996. His ex-wife Chrystal, says the tragic outcome began with Dorman asking Garner for money, and when he refused Dorman and Phillips later robbed him.

"They waited until he went to sleep, and broke in the back of the house. He was stabbed in the back with a 12 inch butcher knife while he lay sleeping in bed. They stole his 91 Trans-Am. They stole several items out of the house, his wallet with approximately $3,000 in it," said Garner.

Garner says over time she found out that they wanted the money for drugs, and that both Dorman and Phillips had known her ex-husband.

"These were acquaintances who killed him. The male had been in jail for assault, he got out on Friday and killed Sammie on Saturday,"said Garner.

Garner says she and her two daughters have never gotten over the horror of losing their father, but over time, the rawness of their pain and loss had subsided, until her oldest daughter received the call telling her the woman who was involved in the death of her father was being released early.

"It says that her tentative release date is June the 11th of 2016, and she getting out Thursday. The thing is she gets released....there is no release for Sammie," said Garner.

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