Do not release killer in Sacramento

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:10 am

Re "State seeks release of killer" (Page A1, Dec. 6): Many Sacramento families would be put at great danger if Thomas Alvin Webster were released from the mental health institution where he is residing. Dr. Robert Picker stated that Webster has not exhibited any psychotic behavior for years. However, Webster's mental illness came from the use of illegal narcotics. Once Webster is released into the general public, there will be a great chance that he can relapse and start using drugs again. Even though Webster will be placed in a locked board and care home, he may be able to access and use illegal narcotics. Putting a man capable of committing a homicide back into the Sacramento streets is absolutely wrong. It would take only one relapse for Webster to fall back into the heavy use of narcotics, and then what? Another homicide?

-- Megan Mathis, Sacramento

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