Kyle Hedquist, at 17 years old, shot 19-year-old Nikki Thrasher in the back of the head and dumped her body along a remote road over fears she would turn him in to law enforcement for his involvement in a number of burglaries.
Governor Brown, a Democrat, defended her decision, saying, “Teenagers, even those who have committed terrible crimes, have a unique capacity for growth and change.” She went on to state her belief that young people can turn their lives around with the proper support.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin believes differently.
“Kyle Hedquist is a cold-blooded killer,” Hanlin said on “Fox & Friends First” Friday.
“He carried out a very calculated, cold-blooded, execution-style murder.”
Hanlin told host Carley Shimkus that he is appalled that Hedquist, now 45, will be granted clemency and contended that he was actually 18 years old when he murdered Thrasher, which would make him a legal adult at the time the crime was committed.
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Hanlin warned said Hedquist’s clemency and release caused “great concern” about the governor’s future decisions.
“What is she capable of doing? Who is she capable of releasing between now and the end of her term?” he asked.