Kim and Danny Ledford traveled to Nashville recently to argue against the release of Tiffany Isaza, who was convicted in their son Dustin’s death.
Isaza had spent only two years of a 10-year sentence and was granted the parole hearing in September.
The Ledfords knew the decision of one member of the parole board after the hearing Sept. 6.
The member denied parole, but files had to be reviewed by other members.
The Ledfords received a letter this week confirming the decision of the Board of Parole that Isaza would remain in prison, with a review set in 2014.
According to the letter, “This is to advise you of the parole hearing decision. The Tennessee Board of Parole’s decision was to decline parole. The following information is related to their decision.”
- The release from custody at this time would depreciate the seriousness of the crime which the offender stands convicted or promote disrespect of the law.
The Ledfords took approximately 1,600 signatures and up to 100 letters from supporters who objected to Isaza’s early release by the Parole Board.
Isaza was imprisoned in Nashville following her 2010 conviction of vehicular homicide and child endangerment in connection with the APD-40 crash that killed Ledford.
She had also left her small children at home unattended.
Isaza had alcohol and methamphetamine in her system at the time of the head-on collision. She left her two small children at home and drove toward Cleveland on APD-40. She was traveling on the bypass in the wrong direction.
In the darkness, Dustin Ledford was traveling east on APD-40 when Isaza’s vehicle collided with his. Dustin Ledford died a short time later and Isaza was severely injured.
“I am glad they (Parole Board members) recognized it to show a disrespect for the laws and our judicial process,” Kim Ledford said Tuesday.
She affirmed the family will stay its course in encouraging Tennessee lawmakers to strengthen laws governing the operation of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.
“We will continue to work over the next two years on ‘Dustin’s Law,’” she said.
Oct. 15 will mark Dustin Ledford’s birthday. He would have been 26.
“At least we kept this offender in jail a little longer,” Kim Ledford stressed.