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Officials say Ingrassia was not granted parole

FARMINGTON – The man who was sentenced to seven years in prison as a result of escaping from the Sexual Predator’s Unit in Farmington was not granted parole, a Department of Corrections official said Friday.

John Fougere, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, said the parole board did not grant parole for Thomas Ingrassia.

However, he said Ingrassia is scheduled to be released on conditional release on Aug. 7, 2008.

Fougere said at that time, Ingrassia will be released into the custody of Department of Mental Health on his prior civil committment.

Fougere explained that parole is different than conditional release. He said parole is granted by a board.

He said conditional release must be granted by state statute after an offender with a parolable sentence serves two-thirds to three-fourths of his sentence.

In August of 2008, Ingrassia will have served three and a half years of prison time and 445 days of county jail time, which was served prior to his trial. His sentence is scheduled to end Dec. 7, 2010.

Fougere explained there are three ways to get out of prison: parole, conditional release and a maximum out-date if an offender messes up on a conditional release.

He said the law has been around 25 years. He said the idea behind conditional release is that inmates leaving prison will be supervised. They are supervised until their sentence is up.

He said inmates who are released without any supervision are more likely to reoffend.

Ingrassia was sentenced to seven years in prison on a property damage charge after a St. Francois County jury found him guilty in January. Ingrassia escaped from the sexual predators unit on the Farmington Correction Center premises in October of 2001 by climbing out his window and cutting fences.

The hearing was held earlier this month.

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