Two prosecutors say it’s wrong that Duncan Meekins is still behind bars when he helped put the infamous Briley brothers in the electric chair.
Robert J. Rice and Warren Von Schuch, who prosecuted the case 30 years ago, are set to meet next month with Virginia Parole Board officials to plead for Meekins’ release. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, it was a promise made to Meekins and his family when he agreed to testify against the Brileys decades ago.
The Brileys’ murderous rampage claimed the lives of 20 suspected victims in the Richmond area. Meekins, 16 at the time of the killings, accompanied the brothers during their spree. He was spared the death penalty in exchange for his testimony, which led directly to two of the three Briley brothers’ executions.
Although he was sentenced to life plus 80 years, Meekins was supposed to have been eligble for parole in 12 to 15 years. Rice and Harding say they were stunned to learn that Meekins is still incarcerated.