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Parole Denied for Raleigh Officer's Killer

Posted September 5, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— The state denied parole Wednesday for Cassie Scott Johnson, the woman convicted of killing a Raleigh police officer in 1980.

Johnson, 50, shot and killed Officer D.D. Adams on February 3, 1980. Adams had stopped Johnson for drunk driving and placed her in the back seat of his patrol car. After spending 20 years behind bars, she is now held in a Charlotte halfway house. She says time has rehabilitated her.

"I have been on my knees many nights praying that He would remove their pain, and sometime they would forgive me," she says.

Sandra Adams-Lipshutz, Adams' widow, continues her yearly personal crusade to keep the killer in the state prison system. She says she does not believe in second chances when her husband did not any.

"As a family, we are just pleased that the right decision was made," she says. "It's like I can relax for a little while before we begin again."

TheN.C. Parole Commissionbegan reviewing Johnson's parole in late August. Johnson will be up for parole again in August 2001.

The three parole commissioners vote independently via an electronic system. The board does not publicly address reasons for denying an offender's parole, but the offender is provided one or more of these reasons for the denial:

  • There is a substantial risk that the offender will not conform to reasonable conditions of the parole.
  • Release at this time would unduly depreciate the seriousness of the crime or promote disrespect of the law.
  • The offender's continued correctional treatment, medical care or vocational or other training will substantially enhance the offender's capacity to lead a law-abiding life, if released at a later date.
  • There is a substantial risk that the offender will engage in further criminal conduct.

    Parole was eliminated under the Structured Sentencing Act, which applies to crimes committed on or after October 1, 1994.