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Ennis withdraws parole request

Mass murderer David Ennis (formerly Shearing), behind bars for the brutal murders of six members of the Johnson and Bentley families, has withdrawn his request for a day parole hearing.

Tammy Arishenkoff, an advocate for the families, announced the news on a Facebook page dedicated to getting justice for the two families.

"Got the call this morning and David Ennis (Shearing) has waived his right to a full parole review as well as withdrawn his application for day parole! Considering he hasn't even seen our impact statements yet, this is a testament to the power of the people.

THANK YOU to everyone who signed a petition, got signatures, sent in a letter and supported us. With hope, our legislation will change and we will not have to do this for another 5 - 7 years," Arishenkoff states on a post to the page.

In the summer of 1982, Ennis shot and killed George and Edith Bentley, their daughter Jackie and her husband Bob Johnson. He kept the Johnsons' daughters Janet, 13, and Karen, 11, alive for almost a week and sexually assaulted them before taking them into the woods, one at a time, and killing them too.

He was sentenced to six concurrent terms of life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for 25 years in April of 1984.

"This fight does not end here," continues Arishenkoff.

"Please support the bill that Colin Mayes is pushing to increase parole ineligibility and that I am doing everything I can to support. Write to Colin or your local MP and let's take our power to CHANGE THE SYSTEM! Families should not have to continue to suffer with these hearings every two years."

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