Parole Board Frees Man Sentenced To Over 12 Life Sentences

The Georgia parole board freed Christopher Murray, a violent armed robber given 12 life sentences plus 115 years.

Chatham County, GA – Police and prosecutors are furious that a convicted gang member, whom a judge sentenced to 12 life terms plus 115 years in prison, was released by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Nov. 28 after serving only 25 years.

Christopher Lashaw Murray, 46, was convicted of armed robbery in 1993 after he engaged in a gun battle with police after robbing a Pizza Hut restaurant, the Savannah Morning News reported.

During the commission of the crime, Murray rounded up his victims and locked them in a freezer.

Among his victims were a seven-year-old boy and his birthday party guests.

Murray robbed the restaurant while wearing a mask and carrying an AK-47.

He stole $1,200 from the Pizza Hut, its customers, and even stole the little boy’s birthday money before he locked his victims up to make his getaway, WSAV reported.

At the time of the robbery, Murray was a member of the Ricky Jivens gang that had been terrorizing the community.

“That gang was responsible for more murders in Savannah than any other gang in Savannah’s history,” Chatham County Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg McConnell told the Savannah Morning News. “Savannah led the nation in per capita murders one year when that gang was in operation.”

Police were staking out a number of restaurants due to a recent rash of robberies on the night that Murray struck at the Pizza Hut, and they caught him in the act.

Murray opened fire on the Savannah police and engaged in a gun battle on his way out of the pizza restaurant.

But then his weapon jammed, and police were able to take him into custody, WSAV reported.

"When this individual came out they told him to drop his weapon, he immediately opened fire with an AK 47," former Savannah Police Major Everett Ragan told WSAV. "Christopher Murray had no regard for public safety. He was a serial armed robber and those are the worst kind. Whenever they are put in that situation someone will end up getting shot or injured, and they will not hesitate to do it."

"They [Savannah police] were able to apprehend this individual. Not because he wanted to give up, not because he wanted to surrender, not because he had second thoughts, because he had a malfunction and they were able to get ahold of him,” Maj. Everett explained.

Prosecutors said that on the night of his arrest, Murray said that he had intended to kill a cop and only failed because his gun jammed, according to WSAV.

The retired police major said that 25 years was not enough time behind bars for Murray.

"His sentence was a fair and just sentence and by God one that he should serve," Maj. Ragan said.

When asked if Murray’s early release made Savannah less safe, he told WSAV that “anywhere [Murray] puts his head down at night is going to be less safe."

The parole board almost released Murray in August, but delayed his release because of the strong objections of Chatham County Prosecutor Meg Heap, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Heap told the panel considering Murray’s parole that Chatham County Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf had sentenced the armed robber so severely because he “did not want this defendant to get out of jail.”

She said the board considered their objections but then paroled Murray two months later anyway.

Heap called Murray “one of our most violent offenders” and said she couldn’t understand the parole board’s thinking.

Steve Hayes, the director of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, said that they had considered Murray’s entire prison record – including having been accused of four and convicted of two felony offenses while incarcerated – before making their decision.

"The board decided to proceed with its previous decision to grant parole after reviewing all case information including information received since cancelling a release date earlier this year,” Hayes said. “The board has the discretion to determine who is paroled and when.”

Comments (40)
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jinx73
jinx73

disgusting disgrace

Danimyl
Danimyl

Let's hope the members of the Board are the next victims of this criminal

JBo
JBo

Well you can tell that Georgia's parole board is serious about protecting the citizens.

Spothors
Spothors

This is a travesty! Wonder how the parole board sleeps at night. Unbelievable. Any bets on how soon he reoffends!?

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Street mother fucking justice on this punk ass bitch

Nick1979
Nick1979

Sounds like that parole board got payed off pretty well .

provguard
provguard

Maybe it is time to get a vigilante going in a few areas to compete with the idiot judges and parole boards!!!!

angeleyes
angeleyes

so all gang members go to Georgia and commit any crime you want. it doesn't matter how much time you're sentenced to, the parole board will let you free. perfect message, dumbasses.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

This is a slap in the face to all the new victims he will now prey on. He deserved to get NO parole, he's a monster now on the loose.

Golobki
Golobki

So why is RFK assassin Sirhan still in jail after 40 years?

LEO030
LEO030

A violent criminal who committed more acts of violence while incarcerated is set free? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Who are these people who make this type of decision? Maybe they should investigate to see if they received some sort of payoff to set him free.

Bhagler
Bhagler

Someday, he will bow to the one True Judge, and King.

Sandman4x4
Sandman4x4

But we still hear the gun control nuts calling for more gun control! How about parole board control? What happens if this pos murdering reprobate that’s more than likely a democrat goes and murders some other victims? What then huh? Can the families sue the parol board then?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberal parole board perhaps?👎👎👎👎👎

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Christopher Lashaw Murray, 46........his name will come up again and next time he will be put down as the sub animal he is and for good. He will not survive on the "outside" as the likelihood for recidivism is extremely high.This example reinforces how far and how deep the level of PC influence exists in court decisions involving minorities and who do not appear to have considered the victims of this monster as their priority. From the description he has a perversely negative, multi faceted track record existing over a long period of time. He has repeatedly demonstrated he cannot act in a responsible,mature, law abiding manner. Put him down at the next opportunity before he harms again....as that opportunity looms in his future.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Hopefully karma will come to him very soon in the form of a long painful lethal accident.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

The Cops need more target practice. The pos using an ak-47 shooting at them and missed killing him. Thank God the weapon jammed or he might have gotten away. Most of the Officers are probably retired by know.

chiefd
chiefd

I don't understand why a parole board would release this POS. Was it because he's black? He committed more felonies while in prison. Something stinks in Savannah.

chiefd
chiefd

It would be justice if he committed a crime, like a violent robbery, of one of the parole board members.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Leftist/socialists are friends of criminals

Yell2017
Yell2017

They should invite him to live in their neighborhood. The liberals should do the same thing, see how they like it if it were their family or friends. Getting sick of this shit. Our new terrorists are going to be all the illegals and criminals. Since liberals do not believe in guns, need I continue.

EMarie
EMarie

The parole board needs to be investigated BIG TIME!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Someone got paid this is outrageous!! I like Chiefd said!!!

Kilr
Kilr

Time for a new parole board.

FPBIV
FPBIV

Someone on the parole board is getting PAID!

candiaman
candiaman

12 life sentences plus 115 years and he only does 25 years... whats wrong with this picture.... some people got paid.... a woman was in prison 21 yrs for having a bunch of pot.... this guy wanted to kill cops and robbed and a list of other stuff.... WOW...

UhO5O
UhO5O

@chiefd This time it wasn't Savannah. They fought the Parole board to keep him incarcerated. The Parole board said it was their decision who to release. The Jivens gang were/are soulless life forms. I don't want to use people as a descriptor as that would suggest they had hearts.

Pack
Pack

If any of my family got killed by him after he got out...the members of that parole board would not be long for this world.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Before being appointed to a parole board, you should be required to have an IQ above 6

Milman
Milman

This is why I do not trust "Life Sentences"! Liberals will do anything to free these animals! Dead id dead.....

DVK9
DVK9

This is why I love predetermined sentences. In Alaska murder gets you 99 years. you must do 2/3 to be ELIGIBLE for parole. I watched over inmates doing 99X 5 consecutive terms. Almost 500 years and only have to do 330 years for parole. Try to bunk them together with other long term inmates so they can get mellow as they reach 330 years in.

RCK
RCK

Will the board accept complete responsibility for any crime(s) he may commit, to and including murder, and themselves serve this POS's sentence themselves ... or will they, as usually happens, just utter some nonsense BS and say "Sorry?"

Louise S
Louise S

They'll just keep squealing " we don't allow criminal behavior here"...while allowing criminals to kill more innocent people. Take our cities back from these political scumbags.

Walt 324
Walt 324

The Parole Board should be held accountable for the actions of this POS, when he robs and kills again. Justice in America is DEAD!