Parole board denies Incline man’s request for release for kidney transplant
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Though he’s suffering from chronic kidney disease, Incline resident Erik Lawrence Randall will remain in prison after the state pardons board said no to his request for release this week.
Randall is in prison after pleading guilty in 2001 to a DUI causing death charge and a hit-and-run charge, sentences of five to 15 years and four to 10 years. The Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners voted 6-2 Tuesday to deny Randall’s request to make the sentences concurrent, speeding up his release from prison, said board executive secretary Brian Campolieti.
Randall’s attorney, Rick Cornell, of Reno said the legal fight for Randall is probably over.
“Absent a miracle, this is it,” Cornell said. “And I’m not planning on any miracles.”
Justice Michael Cherry made the motion to deny Russell’s request, which passed, Campolieti said. Five justices and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto voted to deny the request, while Justice James Hardesty and Gov. Jim Gibbons voted in favor of Randall’s release. Justice Kristina Pickering was not present at the hearing. The pardons board consists of the justices of the state Supreme Court, the attorney general and the governor.
Cornell said Randall’s condition means he needs a kidney transplant, but because he’s still imprisoned, he cannot receive the transplant. Instead, he’s receiving dialysis at a yearly cost of $50,000.
“The by far preferred course of treatment is a kidney transplant,” Cornell said. “You have to be completely free from the binds of the state or the feds to get that.”
Dialysis can make a transplant a more difficult procedure, Cornell said, which is why he and the family submitted the request for release.
“Everybody’s unhappy about it,” Cornell said. “At this point, there isn’t any other (action) to take.”
A Nevada Highway Patrol officer testified at Randall’s trial that on the night of July 1, 2001, Randall struck Francisco Sanchez of Kings Beach while he waited on his bicycle near the intersection of Mount Rose Highway and State Route 28, according to previous articles in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. The officer said Randall’s speed was about 60 miles per hour, and the impact hurled Sanchez more than 220 feet away, where he died.
Randall’s parole eligibility hearing is currently scheduled for 2012 with a mandatory parole release in 2013, Cornell said, but that is based upon credits Randall has earned at the Stewart Conservation Camp. If he remains in prison, Randall may need to spend more time at the state’s regional medical facility with dialysis and other treatments, which Cornell said could impinge on Randall’s ability to earn more credits. This, in turn, could push back his release date, Cornell said.
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