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Widow outraged after convicted killer released on parole

Posted January 19, 2012
Updated January 20, 2012

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— James Blanchies was convicted of killing a man in 1994 and burying his body in a shallow grave in Granville County. 

Despite getting a life sentence, he was eligible for parole because of the state's structured sentencing laws which allow inmates who committed crimes prior to October 1994 to be released if granted parole.

On Tuesday, Blanchies, 54, was released from jail, leaving the widow of his victim confused and outraged. 

Sandra Bare said her husband, Johnny Bare, 29, was restrained and beaten repeatedly for several days then left to die off of Lyon Station Road near Interstate 85 in Granville County.

"I can't explain to you how I felt. It's devastating," she said. 

Johnny Bare had been missing for six months before he was found. Sandra Bare reported him missing after he failed to see his sons on the weekend visit, following the couple's separation. 

She said her husband and Blanchies were friends and she still has no idea why he killed him. 

Bare said Thursday she was shocked to learn Blanchies had been released. 

"Why was I not contacted? I thought my right as a victim is to be contacted," Bare said. 

Sandra Bare Woman outraged over release of husband's killer

A state Department of Public Safety spokesman said multiple attempts were made to contact Bare's family.

Blanchies was released after completing a three-year parole program and will remain on supervised probation in Durham County for the next five years, authorities said.

Knowing Blanchies is out of jail is bringing back feelings of pain for Bare. 

"I feel like if I had a chance to go and speak my piece that would have made a difference, and he wouldn't be out," Bare said. 

David Waters, the prosecutor who tried Blanchies' case, said he is not sure why he was released. Waters said he'd prefer to see people convicted of less serious crimes get parole.

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  • fayncmike Jan 23, 2012

    "If someone were to take such action, I would hope they'd keep it a secret and move on with life.
    goozleboy"

    A filthy cowardly act to be sure but not to worry, they'd be caught quickly by motive alone and rot in prison for a very long time.

  • goozleboy Jan 20, 2012

    @ "Actually were someone to take vigilante justice against James Blanchies their sentence should be far more severe then his and I’ll be most happy to tell you why. For starters there can be no question about the murder being premeditated. The murderer would have had to set out to systematically isolate and murder Blanchies. If the murderer were anything but a filthy coward, and had the courage of his convictions, he or she would readily admit doing the killing. It would be most difficult to prove diminished capacity in such a carefully premeditated murder.

    Nope, were I to be doing the sentencing I’d sentence the killer to the ultimate punishment which is life without the possibility of parole."

    If someone were to take such action, I would hope they'd keep it a secret and move on with life.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jan 20, 2012

    Come on people. If you don't like the laws, elect folks who will make them right. The State of NC didn't say this man's life was only 18 years. YOU DID! You elected the legislators who acted on your behalf. SHAMEFUL is voting for this people.

  • Milkman Jan 20, 2012

    The same Durham County Parole Board who will be supervising this guy was also in charge of supervising Eve Carson's killers.

  • dakjlmk2 Jan 20, 2012

    What the State of NC has stated here, is that this mans life was only worth eighteen years. This man tortures and kills a person, then burys him in a shallow grave, and it's worth only eighteen years. SHAMEFUL JUST SHAMEFUL

  • dakjlmk2 Jan 20, 2012

    I DON'T WANT TO HEAR HOW DOC COULD NOT LOCATE THE FAMILY, GIVE ME A BREAK, WORK HARDER AND DO YOUR JOB. IN TODAYS SOCIETY AND WITH ALL THE INFORMATION OUT THERE ABOUT "ALL OF US", THERE IS NO REASON ON THIS EARTH THE FAMILY COULD NOT BE LOCATED. IT'S AN EXCUSE AND A POOR ONE AT THAT. JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU, OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPEND ON "CLASS ACT PERSONNEL". BET THEY WOULD HAVE DONE THE JOB, IF IT WERE THEIR FATHER, HUSBAND, BROTHER OR SISTER THOUGH. LOOK AT THE STATEMENTS HERE, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE STATING, "GUESS IT'S IN THEIR HANDS NOW" AND YOU HONESTLY COULDN'T BLAME THEM, BECAUSE THE "JUSTICE SYSTEM" LET THIS FAMILY DOWN. HOW CAN THEY LIVE WITH THEMSELVES OR EVEN SLEEP AT NIGHT.

  • fayncmike Jan 20, 2012

    "And than you could rot in prison with the other sociopaths."

    First they'd have to get caught. And if caught, they'd likely get less time than the original perp assuming a competent lawyer and successful diminished capacity defenseAtALost

    Actually were someone to take vigilante justice against James Blanchies their sentence should be far more severe then his and I’ll be most happy to tell you why. For starters there can be no question about the murder being premeditated. The murderer would have had to set out to systematically isolate and murder Blanchies. If the murderer were anything but a filthy coward, and had the courage of his convictions, he or she would readily admit doing the killing. It would be most difficult to prove diminished capacity in such a carefully premeditated murder.

    Nope, were I to be doing the sentencing I’d sentence the killer to the ultimate punishment which is life without the possibility of parole.

  • fayncmike Jan 20, 2012

    “"And than you could rot in prison with the other sociopaths."

    Doubtful. Like this murderer, he would probably be out on the street in 10 - 15 years.

    The system is broken Mike. Don't you see that...
    aetius476”

    Assuming it is do you think vigilante justice is the way to fix it?

  • gunny462 Jan 20, 2012

    "What is a life sentence, if not Life in Prison? Why are these things happening?"

    "just to annoy and vex you.Ezekiel c23 v19to20"

    I thought that was your job. Thankfully with the dems losing power these so called laws can be repealed and someone serving 35 years will serve that time. And btw Eze, you can't vote on these. It's interesting that you completely take up for someone who murdered someone else and find it amusing to critize people who have concerns regarding their own safety. Nice to know YOU have a 60% chance of being killed by a ex-inmate.

  • gunny462 Jan 20, 2012

    "However, if you want to talk about the criminals walking among us...many those preachers sure do have a racket going.
    Ezekiel c23 v19to20"

    Yup they're all democrats

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