Southern Kentucky Man Denied Parole

Today a Southern Kentucky man, who admitted responsibility in the death of a beauty queen, was denied parole.

Ryan West must serve the the full ten year sentence for manslaughter. He was convicted of driving drunk when he crashed, killing Brittany Shoap in 2005.

Shoap's family went before the parole board last week. But today West took the stand and testified on his own behalf.

The whole hearing before the board lasted only about 15 minutes. But it only took a few minutes for the board to decide that Ryan West should stay in prison.

Viewed on closed circuit T.V. from the prison facility in Bell County, West was asked why it was necessary for him to drive 90 miles an hour while drunk causing an accident that killed Brittany Shoap. West admitted to drinking 3 to 4 beers and several shots of alcohol before the crash, saying that he was sorry and that it was a bad decision. The parole board didn't buy his apologies, and decided to keep him in prison.

West will remain in prison in Bell County until at least 2012.

Brittany Shoap's mother says West has never contacted her, nor apologized to her since the accident.


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  • by Sam Location: Kentucky on Jul 13, 2007 at 04:12 PM
    The parole hearing in this case continues to baffle me the more I hear about it. It's the first time I can ever remember where a prisoner was not allowed to present information in their own behalf. Wow! Sounds to me like they were out to get this boy long before it ever started. I can see a new movie coming out, "Parole Board Almighty".
  • by Bill Location: Nancy on Jun 28, 2007 at 01:31 PM
    Information on the lawsuit is on a site called Justia Federal Court Dockets. Type "Ford Motor Company" into search, select the state, and scroll down to July 21, 2006. Yes, 2006. Been going on for a while and in the meantime, she's been blaming West. The other case has, apparently, been removed from the docket in Pulaski County. This info is available at www.kycourts.net/dockets
  • by Curious Location: Shopville on Jun 28, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    Hey Bill, just wondering - where do you get access to this info? Is it available online?
  • by Bill Location: Nancy on Jun 28, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    There is such a thing as public record. You might also want to check out Case#07-M-00177. Hey folks, do your homework.
  • by WHAT?? Location: Somerset on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    Are you serious? How did you get that information? Wow. That is unbelievable and says a lot about the kind of person she is.
  • by Bill Location: Nancy on Jun 27, 2007 at 01:42 PM
    Why should West apologize? Apparently, the victims family doesn't hold him accountable. I refer, of course, to Tammy Bastin vs. Ford Motor Company(case# 06-CI-0767). A wrongful death lawsuit. So, just whose fault was it?
  • by Clyde Location: Somerset on Jun 27, 2007 at 01:17 PM
    Is anyone aware of the effects of adrenaline on blood alcohol? Ask your doctor. When an individual is involved in an intensive situation, such as an automobile accident, glucose (blood sugar) is dumped into the bloodstream in massive quantities. The glucose will then ferment into alcohol, resulting in an outlandish blood alcohol reading. An accurate blood alcohol reading may not be readily obtained for up to 36 hours. The state is aware of this but will not act upon it as it will change DUI laws as we know them. Example: you are a healthy male, in his early twenties, you weigh 175 pounds. Drinking 2-3 beers is not enough alcohol to make you "legally" drunk. However, blue lights suddenly appear in your rear view mirror. Bang! Adrenaline is dumped and, your blood alcohol is affected. As I said, ask your doctor but, if being drunk on adrenaline was a crime, a lot of us Cat fans would be locked up.
  • by Chelsey Location: Somerset on Jun 27, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    I have to say...I feel really bad for both families here. But as far as Britany's family goes, the person I feel really bad for is her dad. I knew Britany in middle school and she always talked about him and then I saw him at the funeral and he was devistated. He never seems interested in doing all the media interviews or saying hateful things about Ryan he just misses his daughter. I always think about that. After her funeral he was walking out and couldn't stop crying but her mom was across the street with the reporters. So I feel bad for him and her brother I knew, Daniel.
  • by Sam Location: McCreary on Jun 26, 2007 at 06:46 PM
    I remember the first accident that has been brought up. West was found to not be at fault. The girl killed pulled out in front of him, and the investigating trooper said that West striking her vehicle was "unavoidable". Several witnesses reported that the girls vehicle had been "playing chicken" pulling out in front of other vehicles just prior to the accident. That means it was her own actions that resulted in her death. It was a major story here when it happened. Never even made it to a grand jury. Seems the parole board used a previous case where the boy was found to not be at fault in determining his parole for this accident. Double Jeopardy? I recall that when the media reported the outcome of this Pulaski trial, he pled guilty to manslaughter. The charge of murder and DUI were dropped, so in effect he was not "convicted" of DUI, even thought the media says he was. It also said in the news story when the trial ended that he was sentenced to 10 years, with 20 percent to serve. He's already served two years. To me, that adds up to 20 percent. People who commit intentional crimes get off lighter. If the prosecutors don't honor their own "plea deals", heaven help us all. Also, I agree with the comments that the girl got into the vehicle of her own free will. If they had been together all evening, she knew the risk. He has been held accountable as an adult for his actions and decisions. It's only fair that the actions and decisions of the other adults in this tragedy be factored in.
  • by broken heart Location: KY on Jun 26, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    Mel, what you said is the truth. I know this from personal experience that saying your sorry and really meaning it will MAKE NO difference to the victim's family. The only thing that can be done now is to make sure this young man's whole life isn't wasted and making sure that he has learned a very hard lesson. I also agree with ME from KY and Bee from Thorton, better things could be done constructively by this young man besides sitting behind bars.

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