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Update: PAROLE DENIED.
The parole of Ronald Saunders has been denied. Saunders will
not have another hearing until October 2014. Thank you to everyone
who submitted a petition to block this parole.
In The 2nd Degree
the morning of December 5, 2010 Ronald Saunders carried the
lifeless body of two-year-old Conner Bachuss to Conner's mother's
bedroom. Saunders was Conner's mother's boyfriend. Conner's
mother immediately called 911.
After Conner arrived at
the hospital doctors found multiple injuries including bruising
on his face and neck, internal bleeding, severe brain damage
and two large bruises on his back. He also had 114 small puncture
wounds and doctors also removed a thumbtack from the top of
Conner's stomach. After and MRI was done doctor's told Conner's
mother that he was brain dead and asked her permission to pull
Conner off life support. A day later, with his family at his
bedside, Connor was removed from life support and died a short
Ronald Saunders was charged
with Conner's murder. In court Saunders denied he killed Conner
however in jail he confessed his crimes to a fellow inmate.
Saunders told the inmate he and Conner were laying on the floor
sleeping and Conner had kicked him in the back. Saunders said
he then went into a daze. The next thing Saunders remembered
was using one of his hands to hold the back of Conner's head
down. He also said that he had one leg across Conner's back
and the other leg across Conner's legs. He also stated he had
a pin in his hand.
Unfortunately since there
were no witnesses to the crime the jury deadlocked and did
not convict Saunders. In order to ensure a conviction the prosecutor
allowed Saunders to plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
He received a sentence of ten years in prison. Saunders took
an Alford Plea which means he refused to admit guilt however
he acknowledged there was more than enough evidence to convict
him of Conner's murder.
Had the jury heard Saunders
violent past they may have voted differently. In 2005 Saunders
was investigated by children's services in North Carolina.
Saunders was investigated after his girlfriend's son missed
three days of daycare. When the child returned to daycare he
had a bruised and bloodshot eye, bruising behind both ears,
two swollen lips and bruising on his forehead. The child was
removed from the home and suffered no further injuries. Saunders
was believed to have inflicted the injuries however he was
never criminally charged. Saunders violent behavior continued
in April and May 2007 while serving in the U.S. Marines. Saunders
was convicted three times for assaults on fellow marines. Two
assaults involved binding another marine and hitting him with
his arms and fists. Another charge involved Saunders choking
another marine until he was unconscious and then dropping him
on a concrete deck, which fractured the marine's skull. Saunders
also had a fourth charge dismissed that involved choking a
Ronald Saunders is a child
killer. He has never shown remorse and still does not take
responsibility for his actions. Saunders also has a violent
past that includes both assaults on children and adults. Releasing
Ronald Saunders prior to serving his maximum sentence of ten
years would not further the interests of justice and will present
a serious risk to the community. In addition, releasing Saunders
early would deny justice for Conner Bachuss. Based on the fact
Ronald Saunders murdered an innocent two-year-old child, and
the fact he has an extensive history of violence, we believe
Ronald Saunders should serve his maximum sentence of ten years
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