Man up for parole 25 years after murder of Ft. Wright woman

It's been 25 years since Carlos Faulkner was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of Lesley Briede, and now he's up for parole. (WKRC File)

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. (WKRC) - It's been 25 years since Carlos Faulkner was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of Lesley Briede.

The Briede Bill was passed after the murder and created a new sentence for killers in Kentucky: life without parole. But it passed too late for Faulkner, and he's up for parole later in November.

It's been 25 years, one month and 19 days since Lesley Briede was murdered in a quiet corner of Fort Wright. Carlos Faulkner pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to life in prison.

But under Kentucky law at the time, he would be eligible for parole in 25 years. He has his first parole hearing in three weeks. Tom Jacober, who still lives in the neighborhood, didn't hesitate to share an opinion.

"I think he should stay in jail for awhile. I don't know how many times they bring them up for parole, but this is the first time, and I think they should say, 'sorry,'" said Jacober.

Police say Briede was asleep at home when Faulkner stole the garage door opener from her mother's car, which was parked at St. Paul's Church, went to the house, went through the garage and committed the murder.

Briede was beaten with a barbell weight and stabbed 39 times.

Fort Wright's mayor and former police chief have written an open letter to residents encouraging them to contact the parole board and lobby to keep Faulkner in prison. Any talk of his parole strikes a deep chord in this community.

Lesley Briede's mother Barbara Briede lobbied for sentencing changes and became an activist for victim's rights.

"We should be able to live in society without worrying about violence. In order to do that, everyone has to have a voice," Barbara said. "When you lose someone through violence, you receive a life sentence in grief, and you never get over it."

The Briede Bill passed in 1998 and allowed Kentucky judges and juries to sentence killers to life without parole.

Barbara will speak to the parole board November 27. Faulkner speaks to them two days later.

The Briede Bill increased compensation for victims of crime. It also mandated violent offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.

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