ABERDEEN, Wash. -- The Washington Department of Corrections has decided to release Wai Chiu "Tony" Ng, one of the men convicted in connection with Seattle deadliest mass shooting, on parole.
Officials say Tony Ng will be released in 35-40 days from October 25 to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will likely be deported to China.
A spokesperson with Gov. Jay Inslee's office said Friday night the Governor "will review this case" and "it will get more attention". The governor's office reviews all parole decisions.
Family members of the victims have fought Ng's release for years. Linda Mar, who lost her parents in the massacre, said she is not happy with the decision, but acknowledged it was anticipated.
"We all knew all along this was going to happen," Mar said, "At least (Ng) is not going to stay in the United States."
On Friday, the chair of the patrol board admitted its decision to parole Ng is an unpopular one.
"It doesn't make it any easier, I know, for the victims to hear that. But the board has to maintain some emotional distance, although it's very difficult at times," said Lynne DeLano, Indeterminate Sentence Review Board Chairman.