A parole board is now deciding whether or not to release a man convicted of killing and raping his high school classmate in 1990.
Conrad Engweiler was originally sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 30 years behind bars, for the crimes against Erin Reynolds. Both attended Sunset High School in Beaverton.
If Engweiler is released, it will not be the first time his sentence was reduced.
Engweiler is one of the Oregon Five, a group of inmates convicted of aggravated murder as teenagers before the state set specific sentencing guidelines for teenagers.
The state Supreme Court determined their sentences were unconstitutional and in 2012, the state parole board revised his release date to February 2018.
Engweiler is now asking for time off for good behavior.
"Really, the kid who committed this crime didn't care who he hurt. I care who I hurt and I care the harm that I've caused," said Engweiler. "And I'm accountable for that today, as much as I can be."
The parole board questioned Engweiler about his crime, about his current treatment program and about his plans for life outside prison.
They are tasked with deciding if Engweiler would be a danger to others if he is released.
Board members also heard from several members of Erin Reynolds' family about the devastating impact of her death. Each relative told the board they do not believe Engweiler is remorseful.
"That's Erin. He murdered her," said Earl Reynolds as he tearfully gestured at a picture of his daughter.
He told the board he believed Engweiler will harm others if he is released.
"Now we've been doing this for 24 years and we don't like it," said Earl Reynolds. "But we'll take him on every time. But we'd sure hate to see any other families drug in here."
The board heard from a psychologist, who said he believes Engweiler truly has remorse for what he's done. The board will take multiple psychiatric evaluations of Engweiler into consideration.
Offered a final chance to speak, Engweiler offered an apology.
"I'm very sorry. It's totally insufficient," he said. "I've heard everything and, um, I'm deeply, deeply sorry."
"He said he was sorry last time too with the same emotionless tone," said Beth Greear, Erin Reynolds' sister. "And I'm sorry doesn't cut it anyway. I'm sorry doesn't make up for everything that we lost, and it doesn't bring Erin back."
The parole board did not set a time frame for releasing their decision.
Engweiler told the board, if he is released, he initially plans to live with family in Multnomah County and work as a clerk for his lawyer.
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