Bedford murderer asks to serve remaining sentence in home country
BEDFORD (WSLS10) -A man who was sentenced for brutally killing his ex-girlfriend's parents in Bedford County nearly 30-years ago wants to serve his sentence in his home country, Germany.
It's not sitting well with people who believe he should serve his time in the United States.
Major Ricky Gardner was an investigator when Jen Soering was convicted of killing Derek and Nancy Haysom.
Gardner has been with the Bedford County sheriff's office for nearly 40 years.
He was one of the original investigators that found the Haysom's dead in their home from several stab wounds.
Gardner says Soering originally confessed to the crime, but later recanted his story and claimed he was innocent.
He believes Soering should stay here.
"I don't see the justice in letting Jen Soering go back to Germany and get out he's the man that actually murdered two people," Gardner said.
After three weeks, the jury found him guilty of the murders in 1990.
Since he was convicted, Soering has tried several times to get out of prison and almost succeeded when then Governor Tim Kaine agreed to transfer him to a German prison.
However, Governor Bob Mcdonnell reversed the decision after taking office.
Soering recently sent a request to Governor Terry Mcauliffe.
A spokesperson for the Governor's office has Soering's request but a decision has not been made.
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