Moving Soering: Another baffling exit move by Kaine
Just one week after announcing a new state park without tallying the full cost to taxpayers, outgoing governor Tim Kaine has again blindsided citizens–- in this case criminal investigators and family members of the late Derek and Nancy Haysom, a Lynchburg-area couple killed in 1985 by then UVA student and Jefferson Scholar Jens Soering. A German national who fled the United States and vigorously fought extradition after the in-home double killing, Soering may now be sent back to Germany where he'll be eligible for parole in two years, under a transfer the governor reportedly approved Friday, January 15, on his last full day in office. The transfer, which reportedly occurred without input from surviving Haysom family members, has unleashed cascades of outrage including interest among some elected officials in blocking Kaine's exit-day action. Soering, now incarcerated at the Buckingham Correctional Center, was convicted in 1990, sentenced to life in prison, and writes extensively on religion and prisoner rights. His former girlfriend and co-conspirator in the premeditated crime, Elizabeth Haysom, was the daughter of the victims and is serving a 90-year sentence at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.