Follow up: Caught up

Outside of Knights Inn last week Joseph Davis sat on a curb, cuffed, shirtless and shivering, and insisted he had nothing to do with Donny Valles, the other parolee found hiding in his room during a parole sweep.

He was otherwise in compliance with the terms of his parole, but for being caught with another parolee Davis was arrested and sent to DVI to await a hearing, and the possibility of being returned to prison.

The next day his girlfriend, Jana Hamilton, called me and asked if I’d like to see security video that proved Davis was telling the truth. Hamilton said that around 7 a.m. a pregnant woman knocked on the door of the room Hamilton shared with Davis, and that when Hamilton opened the door, the woman shoved her way in, with Valles.

Seconds later, along came the law. Hamilton said she was relieved; police had come to get the people who’d forced their way into her room. They had, but they took Davis, too.

The video’s pretty persuasive, and certainly doesn’t contradict her.

It’s clear, from the video, that when police and parole arrived Donny Valles was in his room. When they pull up he and a woman rush out of the room and head down the hall, to another exit. They quickly turn away and back up the way they came, stall in the middle of the hallway when they realize there’s no way out, and then veer to the side as they walk off-camera again. Hamilton said that’s when they came to her door.

Here’s a closer look:

Valles was wanted. Davis wasn’t. He was staying at the room he had registered as his address with parole. He was used to parole checks. But now they’re both at DVI.

Davis will get a hearing, and he may get his parole continued, but he may not. It sure looks like he has a case that he should be considered a victim, not an accomplice, of Donny Valles. Parole Administrator Dave McAuley said he hadn’t seen the video yet, but would watch it and get back to me.

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