CARLOS FAULKNER PAROLE HEARING

Dear Neighbor:

Like you, I am happy to call Fort Wright home and feel blessed to live in such a wonderful community.

One of the many things that makes our community wonderful is a very low violent crime rate, but despite being a very safe community, serious crimes have occasionally occurred in Fort Wright.

One of the most unfortunate and infamous crimes committed in Fort Wright was the murder of Lesley Briede in her home on September 20, 1992. Carlos Faulkner was convicted of this heinous crime and was sentenced to 25 years to life in the penitentiary. Unfortunately, at the time, Kentucky did not have a law that allowed a person to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Thanks largely to the efforts of Lesley's mother, Barbara Briede, the “Briede Bill” was passed in 1998 and contains a provision that allows for the sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Sadly, the “Briede Bill” could not be retroactively enacted upon Mr. Faulkner and Carlos Faulkner is now eligible for Parole.

I know many of you are from families that have lived in Fort Wright for generations and can recall when this heinous crime was committed by Mr. Faulkner. I remember it well as it took place not far from the home that I grew up in and that my parents still live in to this day. Retired Police Chief Dan Krienest is also very convened about Mr. Faulkner's possible parole and has asked me to include a message to you, which is included below.

Mr. Faulkner’s hearing in front of the Parole Board is scheduled for November 29, 2017. If you feel strongly, like I do, that Mr. Faulkner should never be released from prison, I urge you to contact the Kentucky Parole Board and let them know they should keep Mr. Faulkner incarcerated.

The Parole Board can be contacted via E-mail at pbvictimservices@ky.gov, via fax at 502-696-1967, or via mail at the following address:

Kentucky Parole Board
Division of Parole and Victim Services
P.O. Box 2400
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

RE: Defendant: Faulkner, Carlos DOC#115164
Indictment # 92-CR-614
County Of Conviction: Kenton

A message from Retired Police Chief Dan Kreinest:

Carlos Faulkner is coming up for a Parole Hearing on November 27th, for the murder of Lesly Briede, as a citizen of Fort Wright, the retired Police Chief and as one of the investigators of this horrific crime I want to say as strongly as possible that I am adamantly opposed to his release on parole. He planned and carried out his brutal attack on an innocent young woman who had made the mistake of being nice to Carlos Faulkner. Lesly was murdered in her own home on Fort Henry Drive in her own bedroom after Carlos stole a garage door opener from her mother’s car where she was attending a church service at St. Paul’s, up the street from their house. The investigation of this murder revealed several other women were also harassed, threatened and stalked by Carlos Faulkner and they were very afraid of him. Lesly was not the only victim of Carlos Faulkner, just the most tragic, it was the worst crime and crime scene that I worked in thirty-eight years of law enforcement.

Carlos Faulkner has never accepted responsibility that I am aware of for his actions. Indeed he has spent much of his time filing frivolous appeals of his sentence. I believe Carlos Faulkner is a very real threat to the victim’s family, witnesses and the Fort Wright community if he would be released. He was sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 25 years, at that time there was not a sentence option in Kentucky for a life sentence without parole. That law was changed because of the murder of Lesly Bride and the heroic efforts of mother, Barbara, who lobbied the Kentucky Legislature and got the law passed for a life sentence with no parole. Carlos Faulkner should serve a life sentence without parole for the brutal planned intentional murder of Lesly Briede. I encourage all Fort Wright Citizens to write the parole board and advocate for Carlos Faulkner serve out a life sentence.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel J. Kreinest
Police Chief, Retired

Thank you,

Dave Hatter
Mayor The City Of Fort Wright, Kentucky

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