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Victim Terrified As Kidnapper Goes Up For Parole 8 Years Into 45-Year Sentence

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Crystal says she has been living in fear since learning the man who tried to kidnap her at gunpoint is already up for parole, just eight years after the crime. Crystal says she has been living in fear since learning the man who tried to kidnap her at gunpoint is already up for parole, just eight years after the crime.
Christopher Calvert. Christopher Calvert.
Crystal's letter to the parole board, regarding Calvert. Crystal's letter to the parole board, regarding Calvert.
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A Tulsa woman has been living in fear since learning the man who tried to kidnap her at gunpoint is already up for parole, just eight years after the crime, for which he was given a 45-year sentence.

Crystal didn't figure she would have to worry about her attacker becoming eligible for parole for a very long time.

Now, here it is.

Crystal was on her way home to her apartment when Christopher Calvert grabbed her from behind, stuck a gun in her side and demanded she take him to a nearby casino.

Knowing she would be dead if she got into a vehicle with a stranger, she absolutely refused.

She began screaming for help, talking to her mom on the phone, who screamed for her to call 911.

"He was of course telling me to shut up, taking him to the Creek Nation [Casino… and I said, no, I'm not going anywhere with you," Crystal said. "If you're going to kill me, please kill me here."

She said they went back and forth like this for some time. She offered her purse, her money and her car keys, but she refused to go with him. He finally gave up and ran away.

Police caught Calvert a short time later at the casino.

A jury later found him guilty and sentenced him to 25 years for the attempted kidnapping and 20 for the weapons charge, to be run back to back.

When she got the call Calvert was already up for parole after only eight years, it took her to her knees.

"It makes me shake, he is like an animal that you are so scared of, terrified. He does that to me," she said.

Victims aren't allowed to go talk at stage one, only write a letter, which Crystal did. She said she knows the board has so many cases, so she is afraid this one will somehow slip through the cracks. She wants them to know Calvert is a lifelong criminal who has been in and out of prison since 1995 and that his crime has changed her life forever.

"I don't think anybody can understand until they've lived it and I hope to God nobody has to live it," she said. "It's forever. Forever. It will never go back to the way it was before, never."

Officials said attempted kidnapping and using a weapon during a felony are not 85-percent crimes, so Calvert did not have to serve 85 percent of his time before becoming eligible for parole.

It appears the prison system is treating him as a nonviolent offender, which means he only has to serve a third of his 25-year term, which is around eight years.

Calvert is up for parole only on the kidnapping conviction, so even if its granted, he still has to serve a third of his 20-year sentence.

The case manager is recommending Calvert not be granted parole at this time.

We'll let you know what happens next week.

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