Releasing convicted killer will put community at risk

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re Re "State seeks release of killer" (Page A1, Dec. 6): How is the release of Thomas Webster from the state mental hospital in Napa to live in Sacramento going to benefit our community? He shot and killed a 22-year-old, and, by all accounts, the shooting was unprovoked. During his stay at California institutions, Webster was written more than 30 times for violent behavior towards staff members and other patients or for exhibiting what the nurses and psychiatric technicians characterized as possibly paranoid behavior. All signs point to Webster being a detriment to our society and to himself if released. Could he be a contributing member to society? Perhaps, but is this a chance we want to take? This is a man who has permanently damaged himself from long-term drug use. If Dr. Robert Picker, a Napa State Hospital staff psychiatrist, is unaware of Webster's history of being written up 30 times, why is Picker advocating for the man's release? Are violent offenders being released without a thorough review?

-- Doug Selissen, Sacramento

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