Tracey Dyess Commutation Hearing Friday Morning

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Dyess was 17 at the time. She said her step father had been abusing her. Her sentence was 45 years in prison. Now Dyess is begging for a lesser sentence.

“Who ever raises the largest cloud of dust, give the greatest glory to god,” Fr. Val Peter said.

For six years Father Peter has been raising dust over the Tracey Dyess case.

“I'm very tough on crime, but I'm very angry about stuff that shouldn't happen,” he said.

He says Dyess was wrong in her actions but no one ever took into account her past.

“Life failed her, not at the end, not at the middle but at the very beginning. She was abused from age 3 on,” Dyess said.

She took a plea bargain in 2005, 45 years in prison, serving a minimum of 17 years. Fr. Peter says he tried to convince her to go to trial and come to Boys town.

“She has never had a normal school day, she has never had a normal family,” Fr. Peter said.

Six years later and she's finally being heard.

“We're asking, please could you please give some thought to the fact that this child has this horrible background,” Fr. Peter said.

Friday she'll go before the Iowa Board of Parole for a commutation hearing.

“She asked for that six years ago and we're finally going to have it,” Fr. Peter said.

As of now Dyess' sentence is up in 2035. She'll be eligible for parole in 2022, she will be 35 years old.

After Friday’s hearing the board has three weeks to make a recommendation to Governor Terry Branstad. He has three months to decide if he agrees with their recommendation.

Her step father Brian Street was sentenced to 30 years in prison, back in 2007, on a federal conviction of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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