PORTLAND, Ore. – The sister of the girl killed by Conrad Engweiler in the 1990s is in shock after the parole board decided Tuesday to release him after 24 years in prison.
“He’s still the same person,” Beth Greear said. “He’s not reformed. He’s just wiser. He knows exactly what to say to the right people to try and get out.”
Engweiler killed Greear’s sister, Erin Reynolds in 1990. Engweiler and Reynolds were classmates at Sunset High School. Reynolds was 16 years old when she was killed. Engweiler was 15
An Oregon parole board originally said Engweiler must serve 40 years before he could be considered for release. In 2011, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that sentence was too long.
Greear believes Engweiler will kill again.
"I am just very fearful that he’s gained so much knowledge that he won’t get caught," Greear said.
Greear and her parents have been present at all of Engweiler's parole hearings and have tried to keep him behind bars.
We asked if she was afraid Engweiler would try and hurt her or her family.
"He might," Greear said. "He’s a sociopath, I don’t know what he’d do."
Engweiler's attorney told KATU today that his client would not be available for comment.
Engweiler is one of five Oregon juveniles convicted of murder in the early 1990s, before Oregon had clear sentencing guidelines for such killers.
Another of those five, Shane Sopher, is already out on parole.
Rosemary Brewer, Legal Director of the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, told KATU the three remaining in prison should not come up for parole until after 2040.
She said their later parole dates are because they were convicted of killing more than one person, and they must serve the minimum sentences for each crime consecutively.