Prosecutor thanked for parole board appeal

EDITOR:

The family of Todd Newman, deceased, would like to thank the Delta County Prosecutor Phillip Strom for his assistance in a parole board decision appeal before the 47th circuit Court. Mr. Strom’s hard work on behalf of the people of Delta County and empathy for our situation is greatly appreciated.

Hans Nelson was convicted for the murder of Todd Newman, my brother, in August of 1995. Hans Nelson received a 25 to 48 year sentence from the circuit court due to the circumstances of the crime. The Michigan Parole Board granted Hans Nelson parole after serving 22 years for his crime. Our family still feels the anguish of losing a family member and the fear of Hans Nelson in the local community.

I discussed our situation with Mr. Strom and he agreed to appeal the parole decision on behalf of the family and the public. We are hoping for a positive outcome and feel Mr. Strom has done a great service in helping our family and representing the people of Delta County.

Terri Carlson

Wells