3 men in jail for murders paroled

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Correction, Feb. 6, 2007: Because of incorrect information on the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site, the original version of this article incorrectly stated a parolee's criminal history. Michael Callaway, serving a life sentence for murder, was paroled in 2005 but his parole was revoked for technical violations, not new drug offenses. (Highlight changes)

Three men convicted of unrelated murders in Augusta have been granted paroles.

According to notices from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Lamar Smith, 61, and Phillip D. McBride, 33, were scheduled for release last week. A third man, Michael Callaway, 30, was released earlier in January. Each was sentenced to life in prison.

Mr. Smith was convicted of murder in Richmond County Superior Court in September 1981. Mr. Smith served about 26 years in prison for the January 1981 murder of 42-year-old John R. Brickle.

The victim, the owner of a Washington Road dry cleaners, was found shot to death in his home. Investigators believe Mr. Smith was burglarizing the victim's home when Mr. Brickle surprised him.

Mr. McBride pleaded guilty to murder in June 1991.

Mr. McBride was 15 years old when he killed 40-year-old Bong Usher during a robbery of a Lumpkin Road convenience store.

Two other teenagers pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the case and received six-year prison sentences.

Mr. Callaway recently was paroled on cocaine charges. He was convicted of murder in Richmond County Superior Court in July 1986.

Mr. Callaway was convicted of the Sept. 1, 1985, murder of 29-year-old Sheridan J. Lendrum. According to the Department of Corrections, Mr. Callaway was paroled in 2005, but his parole was revoked for technical violations.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 02/06/07 - 05:24 am
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Three examples of why we need

Three examples of why we need the death penalty; Smith served 26 years, McBride 15 years, and Callaway 13 years. Callaway is a poster boy for recidivism...criminals today know they'll be out and about because liberals don't have the stomach to punish them properly.

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patriciathomas 02/06/07 - 07:29 am
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Well said Mr. Dick. I think

Well said Mr. Dick. I think the Chinese have the right idea with their organ harvest program. At least that way some good can come from these mens lives.

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jebko 02/06/07 - 08:22 am
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They've graduated from the

They've graduated from the University of American Correctional Institutions with 'honors'...... now to apply their trade! They'll be back in as associate professors!

intheknow
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intheknow 02/06/07 - 08:37 am
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Can someone please tell me

Can someone please tell me how a 9 year old was convicted of Murder. According to A.C. this Callaway fool is 30 but commited his crime in 1985. Surely a misprint.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 02/06/07 - 09:33 am
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I don't get how in some

I don't get how in some states criminals get life without parole for lesser crimes than murder but here we have three murderers getting set free to go out and possible kill again. We all know from experience that prisons don't rehabilitate, most of the time the criminals are only more hardened when they get out, not to mention the fact that they probably will not be able to gain employment so they will most likely commit crimes again. It 's really scary, all we can do is pray that they have changed their wicked ways, for all our sakes!!!!

getalife
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getalife 02/06/07 - 09:34 am
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The justice system is

The justice system is broken!! These type murders should carry the death penalty or a life sentence. We are a society that gives more rights to criminals than serving justice.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 02/06/07 - 09:45 am
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Amen to that.....

Amen to that.....

jack
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jack 02/06/07 - 11:57 am
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This only shows that in the

This only shows that in the state of Georgia, "life" sentences are meaningless.

Grinder
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Grinder 02/06/07 - 12:10 pm
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Absolutely ridiculous!

Absolutely ridiculous!

sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 02/06/07 - 12:38 pm
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life should mean they stay

life should mean they stay till dealth n not let out...u let um out to do it all over again .i guess yall do that so yall as officers can keep a job running um down after they do it again

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Navi_77433 02/06/07 - 01:10 pm
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Now that these men are free,

Now that these men are free, they can live in any neighborhood of their choosing. They can live next to schools and playgrounds. Their neighbors will never know that a murderer lives next to them.

Contrast this with a registered sex offender, maybe someone who had sex with their teenage girlfriend or got caught exposing themselves in public. Which one would you rather have tracked and watched, the murderer or some teenage kid that had sex with his girlfriend? The justice system in a complete joke in this country.

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DEADEYEDICK 02/06/07 - 06:52 pm
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I think these three convicts

I think these three convicts should be arrested and charged with civil rights violations and sent back to jail for life!If it works for white folks it should work for black folks also.No excuse for civil rights violitions of the victims they need to be in correctional custody for life or they soon will murder again.

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bolluck 02/06/07 - 08:45 pm
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To Navi, Both should be

To Navi, Both should be tracked and watched. Murderers and sex offenders.

amothermyself
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amothermyself 02/06/07 - 11:22 pm
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April 2006 in Richmond Co. I

April 2006 in Richmond Co. I watched a young man get sentenced to life plus 62 yrs for a DUI car accident. Yes he was guilty of drinking and driving after he had so much alcohol in his system that he should have been in a coma himself, but he caused an accident that injured one and took another life. He had never been in trouble before, never. This was no vehicular homicide, but charged as murder. Now explain to me why the ones that shoot and stab to kill and rape children over and again walk out of the prison systems? Don't get me wrong, that young man must pay for what he did definately, but there is a huge difference. Where is the JUST in JUSTICE?

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keepitreal 02/07/07 - 11:35 pm
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That is why we all have to

That is why we all have to pray for those in authority and decision makeing positions, so that they will prayfully make a good, sound, and just decision.

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