The Woodward News

November 17, 2013

Parole hearing moves to stage 2

Roywnn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A convicted killer is one step closer to being paroled.

Clara Jane Alexander said that the man who was convicted of strangling her 20-year-old daughter Lisa Knott in 1984 was recently approved to go on to the second stage of parole consideration.  Although he was sentenced to life in prison for the conviction, Stephen W. Arfstrom did receive the possibility of parole.

After being passed on during a parole hearing earlier this month, Arfstrom will go back before the Pardon and Parole Board for a stage 2 hearing on Dec. 2.

Arfstrom was previously denied parole 5 times before, and Alexander said this is the first time he has been approved for a stage 2 hearing.

During the upcoming hearing, she said "one of our family members, one of the victims, can speak for 5 minutes" and appeal for Arfstrom's parole to be denied again.

She said members of the public can also appeal to the Parole Board by writing letters.

"They can just write even a short version saying they still want him denied parole for the horrible crime he committed; just write a short note saying they don't want him released," she said.

However, Alexander said they don't have much time because in order for the Pardon and Parole Board members to receive and read the letters before the second hearing, the letters must be mailed by next Friday, Nov. 22.

"The letters needs to be to Oklahoma City by Nov. 22.  So it needs to be mailed ASAP to be there by then because it has to be in their hands by Friday," she said.

If you would like to protest Arfstrom's parole, letters must be mailed to:

State of Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

Attn: Board Communications

120 N. Robinson, Ste 900W

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

And on the back of the envelope, you need to identify the inmate by including his name, inmate number, docket date and sentence information as follows:

Stephen W. Arfstrom, #136497

December 2013

Parole Docket

Alexander said she is hopeful that with enough protest letters, the Parole Board will reconsider granting Arfstrom an early release.

"I'm really disappointed that they approved him to move on to the second stage," she said.  "I know they're letting a lot of them loose, but I want to tell the Parole Board that I think when it comes to violent offenders like him (Arfstrom), they need to think twice before they let them out."