Killer stopped from getting parole by Irish victim's brother
Jamie Carr was eligible for parole this coming January and would have been freed but for Breen White’s intervention
Breen White, the brother of an Irishman savagely murdered in Queens in 1996, has stopped the release on parole of the killer after making a dramatic dash to New York to make sure the killer stays behind bars.
Jamie Carr, who was sentenced to first-degree manslaughter in 1997 for the death of Francis White, received a minimum sentence of 12 1/2 years. Carr was eligible for parole this coming January and would have been freed but for Breen White’s intervention.
“I knew that Jamie Carr’s parole was coming up so I decided a few months ago that it was time I took a trip back to New York to see what was happening,” White told the Irish Voice during an interview on Monday.
White, who arrived in New York on Tuesday, September 22 and left the following Monday evening, went straight to the offices of executive assistant district attorney for major crimes Daniel Saunders, the man who put Carr away, to see if there was anything that could be done to keep Carr behind bars. He was told that there was.
“He (Carr) was up for parole, and up until I arrived there was no objection to his release which would have meant that he could have been set free in January or maybe earlier,” said White angrily.
White was quick to tell Saunders none of Francis’ family wanted to see his murderer walk free. A family objection was filed using a victim’s impact statement from 1999.
The parole board took into consideration the pain Carr had inflicted on the White family, and he was refused parole. He is now obliged to spend at least another two years in prison before he will be considered for parole again.
Breen White notes that Francis would have been 41 this year. He should be married, living in England and a father of children.
However, Francis White, a chef by trade, didn’t get to experience any of this joy.
White’s life was stolen from him on a dark night in 1996 when he was brutally stabbed to death, all because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
White, 28 at the time of his death, was stabbed 13 times by then 26-year-old Carr, who was thrown out of a bar in Forest Hills, Queens where White was socializing for acting up.
White, originally from Dundalk, Co. Louth and living in the U.S. seven years when his young life was taken from him, died within minutes of the attack.
His fiancée was devastated. They were planning to move to England in the coming months.
His family back in Ireland were distraught. They found it very difficult to come to terms with the fact that their loved one was brutally murdered in cold blood.
Breen White, who had the unpleasant job of identifying White’s body days after the murder, was glad he came to New York to make sure his brother’s killer was not set free.
“Why should he (Carr) be given back his life now when my brother can’t have his,” said White, 40, over a cup of coffee on Monday morning.
“Every day since Francis’ death, there is something that reminds me of him, several times a day even,” admitted White, who lives in Co. Armagh with his wife and son.
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