On January 25, our founder Miriam Shehane celebrates another birthday. Miriam is the reason victims of crime have rights in Alabama. Because of her work, victims now have the opportunity to have their voices heard. While many people complained about how unfair the criminal justice system was, Miriam decided to make a difference and change the laws. We thank you, Miriam!
The staff at Vocal Angel House are very grateful for our founder!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIRIAM!!! ️
"Across the country on January 9th each year, citizens take the lead to show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. Vocal appreciates the officials that strive every day to make the process a little easier for victims. We appreciate you!"
The State of Alabama is hurting for the family of Aniah Blanchard. Her beautiful life was taken senselessly, and way too soon. We are grateful for the hard work Lee County District Attorney, Brandon Hughes, and his office has done to ensure justice will be served. Please continue to keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. If anyone needs Vocal’s assistance please contact us at 334-262-7197 or 1-800-239-3219.
Vocal is deeply saddened by the loss of the beautiful Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. We are hurting for the family, and anyone else deeply affected by the loss of Cupcake. Vocal continues to have hope that justice will be served, and whoever is responsible for this horrific crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. If anyone needs Vocal’s assistance please contact us at 334-262-7197 or 1-800-239-3219.
BOBBY GENE HILYER, SR., age 78 of Thorsby, passed away on June 23, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Birmingham, AL on May 1, 1941; the son of the late Ache Hilyer and the late Magnolia Littlefield Hilyer.
He was a former delivery driver. While out on the road he held the handle of the “Alabama Wild Man.” He enjoyed life in general. He loved being outside and the outdoors in general. He enjoyed watching NASCAR. He loved sports, and was privileged to be able to coach his children in baseball, basketball, and football while they were young.
He is survived by: Wife, Cecilia Hilyer of Thorsby; Son, Don Hilyer of Thorsby; Son, Billy Hilyer of Prattville; 9 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren; and Brother, Ricky Hilyer of Romulus, MI.
He is preceded in death by: Son, Bobby Gene Hilyer, Jr.; Parents, Ache and Magnolia Hilyer; and Brother, Bill Hilyer.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 2:00pm from the Chapel of Ellison Memorial Funeral Home in Clanton with Rev. Ken Wren and Rev. J. Aaron Ellison officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in the Union Grove Community Cemetery in Jemison, AL.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in Bobby’s memory to the Union Grove Baptist Church 11501 County Road 51 Jemison, Alabama 35085.
Final care and arrangements entrusted to the Ellison Memorial Funeral Home of Clanton, AL.
HB 380 - This bill makes significant changes to the operation and membership of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails Alabama Senate Passage of Legislation to Reform State’s Badly Broken Pardons and Paroles Board
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed the passage of legislation today by the Alabama Senate to reform the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. House Bill 380, sponsored by Representative Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 5. The legislation was carried in the upper house by Senator Cam Ward, RAlabaster. The Alabama House of Representatives passed the bill on May 9, by a vote of 73 to 27. It now goes to the Governor for her signature.
“The first civil right of every citizen is to be free from the fear of violence. The people of Alabama deserve the assurance that their criminal-justice system is operating in the best interest of public safety,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Today, the Alabama Legislature passed legislation that will reform our state’s badly broken system of pardons and paroles. But this was about far more than fixing a failing agency; this was about securing public safety. We will now be able to better protect the people of our great state.”
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Victims’ Families in Jimmy O’Neal Spencer Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the State of Alabama will pay the maximum damages that may be awarded under state law—$1 million*—to the families of Jimmy O’Neal Spencer’s three alleged murder victims. The families allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Spencer, resulting in the deaths of Marie Martin, Colton Lee and Martha Reliford.
Attorney General Marshall recused himself and was not a part of the settlement negotiations, having previously known two of the victims.