Kingsport

Widow fights to keep man convicted of killing her husband behind bars

Debbie Locke passes petition around Kingsport

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The widow of a former state representative is now fighting to deny parole to the man convicted of killing her husband. She is passing around a petition, which now has more than 800 signatures, to prevent his release.

“If I have to do this for the rest of my life, I will,” Debbie Locke said. “This is my mission.”

Her husband, former State Representative Michael Locke was hit by a drunk driver while putting up campaign signs on the side of the road three years ago.

James Hamm was sentenced to 14 years in prison for Locke's death. Now that Hamm is up for parole, Locke's widow, Debbie Locke is trying to keep him behind bars.    

"He was a great husband,” she spoke of her husband through tears. “He was a great father. He was a great brother, a wonderful provider, and he was loved by anyone that met him."

Locke has sent copies of her petition to as far away as Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina and South Carolina. There are also copies at several small businesses in Kingsport.

Hamm’s parole hearing is set for August 10. Locke has until August 1 to collect signatures.


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