McDonnell Again Denies Va. Prisoner Transfer to Germany

May 18, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell has left no doubt about the state opposing a German national's transfer from a Virginia prison to one in his homeland.

For the second time since taking office in January, McDonnell has sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder an unequivocal letter of official opposition to convicted murderer Jens Soering's transfer to Germany.

There, Soering could be eligible for parole in just two years.

In his final days as governor, Democrat Tim Kaine requested that the government allow Soering to be transferred to a German prison. McDonnell, a Republican, rescinded Kaine's request the first time three days after taking office.

Soering, a former student at the University of Virginia, got two life terms for the 1985 stabbing deaths of Derek and Nancy Haysom in their Bedford County home.

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