This letter to the editor will appear in the newspapers this week asking everyone to send in their letters as December 3rd is fast approaching. (And this is my plea to you)
On June 25, 2008, Ryan Sundermann was sentenced to six years in prison. While we understood that a six year sentence did not mean six years behind bars in a state facility, we did think that we had two years before we would have to worry about a parole hearing. Our hearts broke when we received notice that Ryan Sundermann would be receiving his first parole consideration hearing on December 3, 2008. We feel that six months behind bars is in no way enough punishment for our daughter’s death. We have spent over 600 days missing our little Abrielle while Sundermann has spent 161 days in prison. With his history of offenses, it would only be a matter of time before someone else becomes the victim and no one else needs to endure this heartache. Our little girl would be five now if it were not for Sundermann’s selfish act. She would have started kindergarten. She would have gotten her ears pierced this year. She would have been able to enjoy being a big sister like she so wanted to be. Criminals should not be rewarded for their “good behavior” in prison by being released early so we are asking that you join with us in preventing Sundermann’s release. We will be attending his parole hearing in Cameron to pour our hearts out to the parole board in hopes that the amount of justice the court ordered be served. We are requesting that anyone touched by our Abby’s life to please join in this fight with us and send a letter to the parole board. Ryan Sundermann will not see these letters but they will be read by the board and will become a part of his permanent record. These letters may be mailed to us, Marc and Brenda Neff, 16835 Icon Road, Pickering, MO 64476 or given to any immediate family member. We thank you for all the support shown to us during this long ordeal and pray that the legal aspects of this nightmare end soon with justice for our Abrielle.
Any of my blog readers out there wanting to send a letter, we would love to take them with us. Hopefully the more letters we have, the less his chance for parole.