Parole Request Denied

Parole Request Denied
By: CJ Cassidy

A
new twist to one of
C
ape
G
irardeau's most gruesome murder cases.

O
ne of the three men accused in the killings of a mother and her two sons had his first chance to try and get out of prison.

Y
ou may remember
S
herry,
C
urtis, and
R
andy
S
cheper
;
slain in their cape home in
A
ugust 1992.

G
ary
L
ee
R
oll, who admitted to killing all three victims
was executed in 200
0
.

D

avid
R
hodes is serving two consecutive life sentences.

J

ohn
B
rowne got life in prison
, but W
ednesday afternoon
,
a parole board denied
B
rowne's request for clemency.

T
hat came as disappointing news for
B
rowne's aunt
,
who thinks her nephew's served enough time for his role in the terrible crime
.

"I

think everybody deserves a second chance
," Delores Mantz says, adding she
didn't expect to bring
her
nephew
home with her
. Still,
she hoped it would happen.

"H

e's got a lot of remorse
. He's
done 14 years
, and that's
really done a number on him
," Mantz says.

B
ut
R
on
S
cheper who lost his two sons and their mother
,
tells me by phone
,
he'll never forgive
B
rowne for leading
G
ary
R
oll and
D
avid
R
hodes to this house on
H
enderson street.
P
rosecutor
M
orley
S
wingle remembers why all three men went to the Scheper home that night.

"Al

l three people had the idea they were going to do a robbery of a drug dealer to get his drugs and money
," Swingle says.

17

-
year
-
old
R
andy
S
cheper was a small time drug dealer.
H
is 22
-
year
-
old mentally handicapped brother
C
urtis was
B
rowne's best friend in school.

T
hat fateful night back in 1992
, B
rowne stayed outside as a lookout
,
as
R
oll shot and stabbed the Scheper's to death inside.

B
ut
S
wingle says
B
rowne's fears for his own life, later helped police solve the tragedy.
"B
rowne wore a tape recorder himself without the police being involved and went and talked to
G
ary
R
oll
, and got him on tape," Swingle says.

T
hat's why
B
rowne only faced second degree murder charges and got one life sentence.

"A

s a general rule it's an offen
s
e where they have to serve at least twelve years after that point it becomes when does the prison system want to let him out
," Swingle explains.

N
ow
,
B
rowne's aunt hopes that day comes while she's still alive.
J
ohn
B
rowne's up for parole again in five years.

"Y

ou're always hopeful
. Who
knows what's gonna happen in five years
?" she says.

T
hat was the first triple murder in
C
ape
G
irardeau, police can recall.

T
he
C
ape
G
irardeau
P
olice,
Missouri H
ighway
P
atrol and
M
ajor
C
ase
S
quad all worked on the case.