BEND, OR -- Diane Downs is scheduled for another parole hearing this week, and this could be the last one for a long time for the notorious child killer. Under a new state law, Oregon's Parole Board can lengthen the gap between parole hearings, on a case-by-case basis, for up to 10 years. The Lane County District Attorney recently wrote that offenders such as Diane Downs are the reason for the 2009 law.
Downs shot her three young children back in 1984, killing one of them. The D.A. has urged the Board to refuse her parole and suspend any further considerations for a decade. He said Downs has made no progress toward acknowledging her responsibility for the shooting.
Her latest parole hearing is scheduled for Friday.