Gov. McAuliffe denies convicted killer chance to return to Germany

Gov. McAuliffe denies convicted killer chance to return to Germany
Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe denied Soering request Dec. 22, 2015
Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe denied Soering request Dec. 22, 2015
Soering is serving two life sentences at Buckingham Correctional Center
Soering is serving two life sentences at Buckingham Correctional Center
Elizabeth Haysom & Jens Soering
Elizabeth Haysom & Jens Soering

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hoping to benefit from more lenient sentencing guidelines overseas, convicted killer Jens Soering lost his latest bid Tuesday to transfer from a prison in Virginia to a penitentiary in Germany.

Soering, 49, attended UVA and is the son of a German diplomat. A Bedford County jury convicted Soering of the vicious murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom in 1990.

The victims were the parents of Soering's girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom. Derek Haysom was stabbed 36 times. Both victims' throats were slashed from ear to ear.

After new doubts concerning crime scene evidence surfaced, Gov. Tim Kaine granted Soering's request to transfer to a German prison closer to his family. Gov. Bob McDonnell canceled the agreement, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe affirming McDonnell's decision Tuesday.

"The Governor and his team carefully reviewed the petition and Mr. Soering's case and determined his trial and conviction were in accordance with Virginia law," said McAuliffe spokesperson Brian Coy in a statement.

"Nothing else in Mr. Soering's petition justified his transfer to Germany and his probable eventual release."

Under German law, Soering could have been paroled after two years. Immediately following the murders, Soering and his then-girlfriend fled to Europe, with police later arresting the pair in London.

Soering confessed, then retracted his confession when he learned he would be tried in America, instead of Germany.

Soering is serving two life sentences, and is currently an inmate at the Buckingham Correctional Center.

He has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as federal district and appeals courts without success. Soering has been able to be paroled in the United States, with all of his attempts denied.

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