Written By: Ishton W. Morton – February 10th, 2017
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief David Bailey and FOP President Sgt. Dan Hils in a press conference on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 came together and opposed the parole of Roland Reaves
Roland Reaves is scheduled for a release hearing in March, 2017. Reaves is currently serving a life sentence following his conviction for the 1974 Aggravated Murder of Cincinnati Police Officer David Cole.
Clearly, back on July 16th, 1974, Reaves and co-defendant Ricardo Woods robbed a United Dairy Farmers convenience store on Florence Avenue in Walnut Hills.
Reportedly, when police arrived to investigate the robbery, Reaves and Woods repeatedly shot Officer David Cole.
Reaves was originally sentenced to death. His sentence was reduced to life in prison when Ohio’s death penalty statute was briefly found unconstitutional.
Subsequently, in 1994 Woods was released on parole. Apparently, when Woods was released on parole and the Parole Authority did not notify Hamilton County Prosecutor office or the community of his possible release. These actions have caused enormous concerns. Thusly, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief David Bailey and FOP President Sgt. Dan Hils in their press conference had this to say; “We do not want that to happen to Reaves. Community outrage will get the attention of the Parole Authority.”
Meanwhile Prosecutor Deters commented, “Reaves’ release would be an absolute tragedy for the Cole family and the community as a whole. He was sentenced to life in prison.”
Life means life. Not thirty years or so. I urge the community to contact the Ohio Parole Authority to prevent his possible release.
Evidently there is much merit to Deters’ concerns. Life imprisonment which is also known as a life sentence means a lifelong incarceration, or life incarceration is any sentence of imprisonment for a crime under which convicted persons are to remain in prison for the rest of their lives.
For good reason there seems to be growing support in opposition to Roland Reaves Parole. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters has asked that you contact the Ohio Parole Board, by going to www.hcpros.org, click on “Parole Watch” and then click on the defendant’s name. Follow the directions to email comments to the Ohio Parole Board.
He continued to say; you can direct your Comment be mailed to the address listed herein: In Reference to: Roland A. Reaves A14082700 – Ohio Parole Board Adult Parole Authority, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222-1419.