Parker Killers Re-senteneced Out in Five Years
Two men charged as juveniles in a double homicide in Parker in 1988 were re-sentenced on Tuesday in Yakima County Superior Court. Herbert "Chief" Rice Junior and Russell McNeil both 17 at the time of the killings and were sentenced to life in prison without parole. But a Supreme Court Ruling found juvenile can't be sentenced to life in prison. Under the re-sentencing that happened on Tuesday the men will now be released from prison in five years. After the release the two men will be under the jurisdiction of the state sentencing board.
It was a brutal killing in Parker in 1988 when two suspects killed Dorothy and Mike Nickoloff. The brutal and violent stabbings of the couple shocked the community. Police say it was one of the most brutal crimes committed in county history.
BOTH KILLERS WERE JUVENILES AT THE TIME OF THE KILLINGS
Herbert "Chief" Rice Junior and Russell McNeil both 17 at the time of the killings were arrested. After a trial both teens were sentenced to life in prison with no parole. Now both are set to be resentenced this week after a 2012 decision by the US Supreme Court found unconstitutional mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles.
THE PROSECUTOR ISN'T CONFIDENT THE KILLERS WILL REMAIN IN PRISON
Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says he's determined to make sure both men remain behind bars but he knows that's not going to happen. Brusic believes both men will eventually be released from prison.
A hearing for Russell McNeil and Herbert "Chief" Rice Junior has been set for Today in Yakima County Superior Court.
OTHER YAKIMA KILLERS HAVE WON RELEASE
Both were set to face resentencing in 2016 but delays and the pandemic delayed the hearings.
Another hearing is expected to be set next year in the case of Miguel Giatan for the 1993 killing of the Skelton family in Outlook. The other man convicted in the killing, Joel Ramos has since been released from prison after a similar hearing in 2020.
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