Republican Leaders Urge Governor Northam to Halt Release of Convicted Murderer
Senator Mark Obenshain, Senator Thomas Norment, Delegate Rob Bell and Delegate Todd Gilbert urged Governor Northam to immediately halt the release of Vincent Martin, convicted murderer of Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors.RICHMOND, VA, 10 May 2020 – In a letter to Governor Ralph S. Northam (D), Delegate Robert B. “Rob” Bell (R-Albemarle) and Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham), immediate past chairman of the House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees, and House Republican Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) today urged that the release of the man convicted of murdering Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors be immediately halted.
Virginia's Parole Board approved the release of Vincent Martin, who is currently serving a life sentence, in March. With his release scheduled to begin tomorrow, May 11, the legislators urged Governor Northam to act immediately to prevent the release. Mr. Martin was convicted in the 1979 murder of Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors.
Citing the circumstances of the murder of Officer Connors and concerns about irregularities involving the Parole Board's decision to release Mr. Martin, the lawmakers wrote, “The urgency of our request cannot be overstated. Absent an immediate intervention by you, Vincent Martin walks free tomorrow. We owe it to the victim's family, to the Richmond Police Department, and to all Virginians to ensure that the process of granting parole is consistently legal, fair, and just.”