Convicted double-murderer Edward E. Graf Jr. must wear a GPS ankle monitor while on parole for at least another year, after his request to have the device removed was denied.
Graf’s ex-wife, Clare Bradburn, the mother of the two boys Graf pleaded guilty to murdering, said she was notified Thursday that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Graf’s request to remove the tracking device from his ankle.
Bradburn said a board spokeswoman told her the board was overwhelmed by the volume of letters from her friends, family members and others who protested Graf’s request.
“The decision will give us some peace for now,” Bradburn said. “Family and friends of Joby and Jason will be ready with protest letters for an ongoing battle we will have to fight every year.”
Graf, 63, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison in October 2014, is scheduled to be on parole until 2048. He was released from prison on mandatory parole seven days after he admitted in 2014 to killing his two adopted stepsons in Hewitt in 1986.
Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said parolees like Graf in the Super-Intensive Supervision Program are required to wear the ankle monitors, and those cases are required to be reviewed annually.
Since his release, Graf has been in compliance with the conditions of his release and supervision, Clark said.
The parole board has placed restrictions on counties Graf can enter and live in. McLennan, Denton, Harris, Wichita and Henderson counties are off-limits to Graf, Clark has said.
Graf spent 25 years in prison after his 1988 conviction for the killings before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in March 2013 awarded him a new trial, ruling the arson evidence used against him at the first trial was faulty.
At his retrial, Graf was sentenced to 60 years in prison after he struck a plea agreement with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna moments before a 54th State District Court jury reached a guilty verdict after 11 hours of deliberations.
Graf was eligible for immediate mandatory release on parole because the good-time credits he earned in prison and the 26 years he served in prison and in jail combined to make his release from prison mandatory under the law in effect at the time of the crime.
Michelle Tuegel, one of Graf’s retrial attorneys, said she thinks Graf should be allowed off the monitor.
“We are disappointed with that outcome, but I’m sure in the future it will be reviewed again and we would hope, with his continued hard work and good behavior, that that condition will be removed,” she said.