SALEM, Ore. - A convicted rapist whose early release from prison sparked protest from his victim will have to go before a parole board again, a judge decided on Friday.
Richard Gillmore, 48, was convicted in the 1986 rape of then 13-year-old Tiffany Edens. In 1987, he was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, a long sentence stemming from the fact that he was also suspected in six other rapes, but could not be charged because of the statute of limitations.
In 2007, a state parole board decided to release Gillmore nine years early, a move that angered Edens, who claimed that the board repeatedly denied her opportunities to protest his release. Edens and the Multnomah County district attorney then decided to sue the parole board.
Edens (pictured on the right) has pointed to psychology reports that show Gillmore has a 75 percent chance of re-offending within 10 years and a 50 percent chance within three years.
However, the state parole board said they believed Gillmore's behavior could be closely monitored upon release using GPS. The plan was to have him live in subsidized housing in downtown Portland.
All of that is on hold now after a Marion County Circuit Court judge decided that the state parole board should conduct a new parole consideration hearing where Edens would have the opportunity to participate.
"After dealing with the parole board, I really lost faith and belief in our judicial system and really felt like it was them against us. And for Judge Lipscomb to make this decision, it's like I have faith again," Edens said in reaction to the news.
On a side note, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice had planned a public meeting before Gillmore's scheduled release date of Jan. 18.
Although Gillmore will not be getting out as planned, organizers have decided to hold the meeting anyway so the public's concerns can be addressed.
The meeting is scheduled to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Center Ballroom located at 1825 S.W. Broadway Street.