Thank You.

A big fat thank you to each and every one of you who helped make the following happen today:

Former CHP officer Craig Peyer, convicted of murdering 20-year-old college student Cara Knott, was denied parole Thursday during a hearing at a state prison.

He will be eligible for parole again in 2012.

The state Board of Parole Hearings said the seriousness of the 1986 murder near Interstate 15 in Sabre Springs was the main reason it chose to deny his request.

Commissioner Robert Doyle said Peyer, who still maintains that he is innocent, has not explained the reasons behind the killing.

“We were looking for some insight here today. We did not get it,” Doyle said.

In emotional statements, Cynthia and Cheryl Knott, Cara's sisters, urged the board to deny Peyer's parole.

The board deliberated about 30 minutes after a 2½-hour hearing at the California Men's Colony.

 click the above for the whole article from the San Diego Union-Tribune

After speaking with my friends as they left the prison, they were thrilled with the outcome and deeply grateful for the overwhelming support from the community.  The parole board received over 300 letters opposing Peyer's parole request and they were bolstered by the support of the District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who sat in on the hearing.  While it's a huge emotional strain to have to revisit this brutal murder every four years so that they can put a face on this tragedy for the parole board, they are so grateful that Peyer was again denied the opportunity to walk free.  As someone who has followed this case for 21 years and who has seen the love and kindness the Knott family has to offer, I couldn't be happier about the decision the parole board made today.  Thank you for your part in this, whether you sent letters or just sent out the intent to keep him behind bars.  Oreet (Cara's sister-in-law) will be writing up a thank you when she gets home and gets some rest.  She's asked me to share it here and I'll do so as soon as it comes through.  But for now, know that you made a difference and we're all so grateful for you.

Thank you.