Lawmaker's family goes from grief to forgiveness over son's death

Lawmaker's family goes from grief to forgiveness over son's death

Credit: Idaho Legislature

Sen.Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 6 at 3:54 PM

BOISE -- Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis and his wife, Marion, know grief, having buried their 23-year-old son.

They've come to know forgiveness, too.

At an April 9 parole hearing, Davis told Idaho's parole commission they wouldn't oppose the release of the man who killed their boy, Cameron Wade Davis, in March 2003.

Do only your jobs, Davis told them.

If Vincent Craig Olsen, his son's killer, was ready for life beyond bars, Davis would respect their decision.

Though a hearing officer recommended against paroling Olsen so soon, Davis' words helped tip the balance, clearing the way for the now 32-year-old Olsen to serve the remainder of his 25-year manslaughter sentence on the outside.

He could be released next week.

While forgiveness is difficult, Davis says he knows it's possible.

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