Woman tries to stop man’s release from Iowa prison


February 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A woman is trying to prevent the man who killed her sister in northwest Iowa from being released five years early.  Sioux City television station KTIV reports Beth Williams has written to Gov. Terry Branstad and local officials in an effort to keep Brian Davis in prison. The three-member Iowa Board of Parole recently granted Davis parole under certain conditions.  Davis was convicted in 1995 of second-degree murder in the death of Williams’ sister, Julie Baack. He was scheduled to be released in 2018.

As part of his parole, Davis must live with family in Olathe, Kan., and have no contact with the victim’s family.   Williams says she understands that overpopulation may have led to Davis’ early release. But she’s concerned he’s being defined as a low-risk prisoner.