Posted on August 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Tuesday, Aug 13 at 4:21 PM
ABERDEEN, Wash. -- Tony Ng, one of the men convicted in connection with Seattle deadliest mass shooting, could soon be released on parole.
In 1983, Seattle’s International District was the scene of the city’s Wah Mee massacre. Thirteen people were killed and three men were convicted in the crime.
Kwan Fai “Willie”Mak and Benjamin Ng are serving life sentences. Wai Chiu "Tony" Ng was acquitted of murder, but was convicted of multiple counts of robbery and one count of assault. He was sentenced to multiple life sentences, but could qualify for early release if a parole board agrees.
Ng attended a parole hearing Tuesday morning, appearing before the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. The last of his 13 convictions for his role in the massacre has just about been served. The question now is whether he should be released.
Ng sat with his attorney and counselor. The two board members questioned Ng on what he’s done behind bars for 30 years, his involvement in the crime and whether he thinks he should be released.
"This is his last cause,” said board chairwoman Lynne DeLano. “So, this is the first time he's even had a hearing where there is a possibility of release."
Ng struggled to talk about the crime, sweated and tried to explain his sorrow over what happened. He said his wish is that he had called police. As for his time in prison, corrections staff said Ng has been just about perfect. He hasn’t been in trouble since 1995 and is involved in teaching other inmates.
Ng also said if he’s released, he won’t fight deportation back to Hong Kong, where his father is sick.
The big question the board asked Ng: Should he be released? Has he served his time? He answered yes and said he hopes the community forgives him, but he knows they won’t.
"I sometimes feel the decisions we make don't please anybody or everybody,” DeLano said. “They certainly don't please everybody, whether that's to keep somebody in prison or release them."
The board will make its decision in late September.