Parole Block PETITION  
Cumberland County Office of the
District Attorney, Victim Witness
One Courthouse Square, Room 201
Carlisle, PA  17013
RE: John V. Waters
CDC#:  AK8345
Hearing: Nov 13, 2017
     On October 14, 1981, John V. Waters (16) murdered eleven year old Steven Turner and covered him with stones and boards in an abandoned farmhouse within a mile of his home.  The autopsy revealed the 4’9” and 80 pound sixth grader died as a result of multiple head injuries having sustained: a massive skull fracture from blows to the back and side of the head; a jaw broken completely through on both sides of his face; a stab wound to the back of the neck, back of the chest and subjected to a postmortem incise wound on the right wrist and stab wound in the front of the neck so vicious the handle of the knife broke off and left the blade in the victim’s neck.  The autopsy report also indicated that sperm was present in the victim’s mouth.  John V. Waters confessed to killing Steven after sexually assaulting him because the victim threatened to “tell his parents.” 
     Waters was convicted of first degree murder and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole.  He will have served only 36 years when he is considered for re-sentencing due to recent rulings by the US Supreme Court on life without the possibility of parole sentences for minors and the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has ruled it may be imposed for minors in “extremely rare and unusual cases.”  Waters was a minor by only 15 months, but could be re-sentenced to time served and paroled immediately or soon afterward. 
     Due to the extremely heinous, violent and sexual nature of his crimes - we, the undersigned, STRONGLY OPPOSE John V. Waters being paroled OR re-sentenced to anything less than life without the possibility of parole.  Justice demands he serve the full prison term given to him at the time of his sentence.
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