Deadly driver up for parole

Monday, January 17th 2005, 6:28 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Tulsa man who was 13 years old when he crashed a stolen van into a car, killing three people, will begin the first stage of a parole hearing next month.

Jermell Jordan, now 28, was sentenced in 1992 to three consecutive 10-year prison terms for second-degree murder.

Jordan has discharged two of his sentences, said Terry Jenks, Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board executive director. In February, the board will review the paperwork on Jordan to determine whether it will consider him for parole.

If the board approves a parole consideration, the district attorney and relatives of the victims will have a chance to protest.

Jordan's projected release date is June 2006, Jenks said.

A seventh-grade dropout, Jordan was eluding pursuing police on May 6, 1990, when the stolen van _ traveling at what police estimated to be 80 mph _ slammed into a Ford Escort driven by Steven Lewis Munson, 39, of Tulsa. The crash killed Munson and his passengers, Annette Trigalet, 35, an English instructor at Tulsa Junior College, and her sister, Constance Trigalet, 32, an Amoco employee. The women each left two children behind.

The prospect of Jordan's possible parole draw a mixed reaction.

Mayme Munson of Miami, Okla., Steven Munson's mother, said she has no problem with Jordan's being paroled if he has matured. Otherwise, he should stay in prison, she said.

Munson's sister, Stephanie, said her feelings on the situation are ``a very hard question to answer.''