November 9th, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Diane Downs' Latest Parole Hearing is Next Month


For those of you keeping track of convicted child murderer Diane Downs, she's up for another parole hearing Dec. 10.

Downs, perhaps Oregon's most notorious female convict, shot her three young children on May 19, 1983 on a dirt road in Springfield in Lane County. She killed one of the children and wounded the two others, then claimed a "bushy-haired stranger" had pulled the trigger. One of Downs' two surviving children testified her mom did the shootings and Downs was convicted of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The Oregon Board of Parole & Post-Prison Supervision announced today that Downs will appear before it via video at a public hearing (as she did at her last parole hearing in 2008) on Dec. 10 at 9 am at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Downs, who's been in out-of-state prisons since her 10-day escape from an Oregon prison in 1987, is currently in the Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, Calif. serving her sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
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