Victim's family concerned after convicted killer's release

June 20, 2011 8:59:56 PM PDT
He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after police found pieces of his wife's body scattered across the Ann Arbor area. Now the Swanton man is out of prison, and the victim's brother is fighting to keep him away from his two sons.That brother has started a grassroots effort called "Lynnette's Law." It aims to bolster victim's rights.

Bob Quast is frustrated. "It's so insane that people don't even believe what I'm telling them," he says. "I want, and the kids want, my family wants, no other family victim of this type of crime to ever have to go through what we went through."

Quast's sister, Lynnette Craft, was murdered at the age of 37. it happened inside her home on Carriage Lane in Swanton at the end of June 1999.

Officers in Washtenaw County first found her feet in a dumpster. Then other body parts were found in at least two other locations.

Lynnette's husband, Thomas Craft, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and abuse of a corpse. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Those 12 years ended Monday afternoon.

Lynnette's brother says weeks ago his family learned Craft planned to move close to his sons in Wisconsin and Lynnette's family had not been notified.

"In this case, we were given no choice, no even notification that Tom was going to move to be within four minutes," Quast says.

Quast fought to keep Craft in Ohio for the next five years, and he won.

Craft, who's 48, is now at a halfway house in Allen County, according to Quast. He says the convicted felon is required to wear a tether for the next 90 days and is also required to look for a job.

Quast still has concerns. "He has time to murder my entire family in Whitewater, come back, drive back from Whitewater, Wisconsin, and tell you 'Oops. I didn't find a job today,'" he says.

He is pushing for stronger victims' rights, asking legislators to introduce what he's dubbed "Lynette's Law."

That law would let victims and their families sign off on the conditions of a criminal's release so they would know where that person is headed beforehand.

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