OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has denied clemency to a man convicted in the murders of four people.
Gilbert Postelle, 35, admitted he was involved in a shooting that left four people dead at a mobile home park in 2005.
James Alderson, Terry Smith, Donnie Swindle and Amy Wright were apparently targeted because Postelle believed they were responsible for a motorcycle crash that injured his father.
Mary Jo Swindle said: “The four-minute killing is worth what you are paying for now.
It’s been 16 years since the tragic Memorial Day. Fifty-six rounds were fired at Donnie Swindle’s home in May 2005.
Mary Jo Swindle said: “I believe, Gilbert, that you deserve the sentence that 12 jurors gave you 14 years ago.
Wright and Swindle’s mother asked the Board to pardon Postelle mercilessly because they said he made no offers for his four victims.
In fact, there is evidence he bragged about his crimes.
Prosecutors argued: “When Gilbert Postelle got into his car on vacation, he then bragged that ‘that bh almost escaped”.
But his attorney, Bob Nance, says Postelle’s childhood neglect, including an addiction to meth from the age of 12, cannot be ignored.
“When the terrible crime was over, Gil’s father said, ‘Those are my sons.’ He’s proud of him,” said Nance.
In fact, Postelle targeted Swindle, believing he was responsible for a 2005 motorcycle crash that injured his father. That was never proven in court.
A Parole and Parole Board member asked Postelle, “But do you still believe that happened?” Postelle replied, “Absolutely possible! That’s what my father told me.”
Postelle went on to say that his dad was everything to him and that he had no reason to believe he was lying.
His daughter, who was just two years old at the time of the murder, asked the Board to show mercy to her father.
“I apologize to the families of the victims for the pain they went through, but I ask you not to let me go through that pain today,” Postelle’s daughter said.
Despite admitting his guilt, Postelle asks the board to spare his life.
His lawyer claims Postelle is a changed man and is also trusted to work around the prison.
“You may be a changed man, but my son and three others haven’t died yet,” Swindle said.
“When we heard that it was important to worry about whether her killer should be scared or in pain… all we could think of was that her fingernails were gone because she was scratching. Try to get to a safe place. Gilbert Postelle goes there to kill everyone. It doesn’t bother it,” said Amy Wright’s mother.
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