Convicted murderer up for parole

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

A man convicted of second-degree murder in Union Superior Court in October of 1994 is eligible for parole.

Wesley Tyrone Morris, who was convicted of murdering Douglas William Efird in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison, may possibly receive parole via the Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP). 

MAPP is a scholastic and vocational program that is a three-way agreement between the N.C. Post-Release and Parole Commission, the Division of Prisons, and the offender, according to a statement from the Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission.

The case involving Efird’s murder appears to have been drug related and involved a beating death. The case was handled by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Pamela Walker, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Public Safety, said.

“He (Morris) was sentenced to life under what’s called fair sentencing. Now the state has structured sentencing,” Walker said.

Prior to structured sentencing, inmates who were sentenced to life were eligible for parole based on their crime. With today’s structured sentencing, when someone is sentenced to life, it means life and they are not eligible for parole, Walker said.

Structured sentencing eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994. However, the Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines, according to the Commission’s statement.

Information gathered during the investigation from persons for and against parole of the individual, as well as the facts in the case, will be considered by the Commission in making its decision. Upon completion of the investigation, the Commission will render their final decision and you will be notified within 10 days of that decision. The Commission is required to review all offenders eligible for parole on an annual basis, according to the statement.