A man is back inside a maximum security prison, after being out on work release for nearly a week. Timothy Moody was sentenced to 6 years in prison after beating his ex-wife nearly to death.
“I knew I was going to die if I didn't figure out how to get out of there,” said Heather Duhachek.
That’s how she described the night her ex-husband attacked her.
“The fact that he could cause such damage, something that traumatized four people,” said Duhachek.
More than a year ago, he was sentenced to six years in prison. Heather says she'd been communicating with him via a victim dialogue program for six months, when it suddenly ended.
“He has no remorse and what's going to stop him from getting out and doing it to us or someone else,” said Duhachek.
Then last week everything changed.
“I got a phone call. It said he's out, he got work release,” said Duhachek.
Frantic she gathered her kids and began packing her house up.
“He committed the crime and exactly a year and nine months and 17 days after he stomped on my face and strangling me in front of my children he is allowed to be back in the community with us,” said Duhachek.
The story doesn’t end there. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine was contacted by WOWT to comment about violent offenders and work release. Kleine wasn’t aware the Moody was on work release and was concerned because of his violent past.
So he contacted Corrections Director Bob Houston. He called WOWT and said that Moody had been placed back in prison.
“When somebody is concerned and the person has violence in their background or things of the nature we take action,” said Houston. “In this case we're going to take him back inside of a secure facility and investigate it from there.”
Duhachek said she was relieved to find that Moody was back in prison. But she wishes it never happened in the first place. She is working with lawmakers to change parole and probation rules so violent offenders can’t get out early.
Duhachek got an alert on her phone because she signed up for VINE – Victim Identification and Notification Everyday. She signed up for the free service to be notified if anything changed regarding Moody’s location.
Houston says what happened to her is exactly what the system is designed for. He encourages victims to sign up and follow-up if they feel a work release shouldn’t have been granted.
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