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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 3A Mari Erin Roth Staff Writer eroth@plurnasnews.com Dennis Kordalewski is still reliving the horror of events that ended his brother's life. "On May 16, 1991, my brother Stephen Kordalewski, was murdered near Lee Summit," said Dennis. "His body was found beside a dirt road, shot in the head, at close range more than once." The Rhode Island resident has committed to attend every parole hearing that convicted murderer Darrell Welch receives, "until I am 115," noted Dennis. Stephen Kordalewski was just 30 years old when his life ended. "Stephen was left on the side of the road like a dead animal," said Dennis about his brother. "No person deserves this." Welch is serving a 34-years- to-life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione where he is scheduled for a parole hearing at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 21. Welch had his first parole hearing scheduled earlier this mu erer up paro year on May 12. Dennis got on a Father's Day 1992," said plane at 3 a.m. on May 9 to Dennis. "I know Darrell Glenn attend that hearing. Welch can't be charged with District Attorney David my father's death but somehow Hollister also traveled to Mule he contributed to it," Dennis Creek State Prison to attend wrote to the parole board the hearing. "I make an effort saying he feels he has received to attend every 'lffer' hearing," a life sentence himself, "I am a said Hollister, who travels prisoner of the horror of throughout the state to Stephen's death for the rest of accomplish that task. his life." "I recognize the importance In the letter of protest Dennis of those hearings for the pointed out that Welch had just surviving family members and been paroled when he the community," said Hollister, committed the murder. who commented that he seeks "My brother Stephen will not to do his best to assure justice get a parole from death. I will continues to be served, not get a parole from the On the day of the hearing, sorrow and pain in my heart May 12, the parole board at and mind over the violent Mule Creek State Prison crime Welch committed to decided to postpone the Stephen," said the surviving hearing for Welch. brother. Stephen's brother Dennis Speaking with Dennis in admitted he was surprised and December while he prepared disappointed, but said, "I for the long trip west to attend remain committed." the parole hearing, he said, With a new parole hearing "Darrell Glenn Welch has date of Wednesday, Dec. 21, already demonstrated his lack both Hollister and Dennis of respect for human life and Kordalewski have made plans property." to be there. That, Dennis says, is why he "My Dad died one year after will not be recommending Stephen on the night of parole for Darrell Glenn Welch. The Co~n~v Ye s'spaper... @2$th year of continuous Qulncy, California 95971 {916 283 0800 ,r sl Former resident of Cromberg and current resident of Mule Creek State Prison, Darrell Glenn Welch, left, is led into court May 21, 1991 by a sheriff's deputy along with another unidentified prisoner in an unrelated case. Welch was convicted of the shooting death of Stephen Kordalewski near Lee Summit on May 16, 1991, and is serving a 34-years to life prison sentence. File photo li Rescued sister still under Plumas County jurisdiction Debra Moore Salinas. Huntsman and herweek, Steve Somers, the him is the wellbeing of the Managing Editor companion, a then deputy district attorney children. dmoore@plumasnews.com 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel, from Monterey County who "These kids need to heal had arrived in Quincy on is prosecuting the case, and it's hard for them to Dec. 11 marked the Dec. 7 and had been staying shared some of how the heal when they know they one-year anniversary of the with friends, little girl is doing, may have to go into court rescue of an abused young In addition to the young "She's had a number of and testify," he said. girl in East Quincy, which girl, Huntsman's 12-year-old surgeries to repair her "They've all suffered in turn led to the discovery twins were with them. injuries and she's doing well because of this." of her dead siblings in a The girl was transported physically," Somers said.There is also the concern Redding storage unit. to Plumas District Hospital "And she seems to be in that the longer it takes, the "This time of year will roll and Huntsman and Curiel pretty good spirits." more the children could around and you will were arrested that evening. Last year Plumas County forget. remember that you saved a After intensive residents and people around However, Somers is life," Elliott Smart said of questioning by law the world responded to the balancing those concerns what he told his employees enforcement, Curiel told little girl's story sending against the need to proceed as the anniversary them where to find the money and gifts. Somers by the book and not rush approached. Smart is bodies of the girl's two said a portion of that money justice. "If we go too fast and director of Plumas County younger siblings -- a was used to pay for surgery push too hard, an appellate Social Services and it was 3-year-old girl and 6-year-old to her jaw. court could become his employees along with boy, Delylah and Shaun While he couldn't disclose involved." SheriWs Office personnel Tara. They also had been in her current location or A change in defense who removed a then the care of Huntsman, details of her living lawyers has deiayed the 9-year-old from her following the death of their situation, he did say that case, but all parties are life-threatening mother, who was she was being well cared for scheduled to be in court circumstances. Huntsman's sister, in a loving home. Plumas Jan. 13 to set a trial date. A child welfare check Dec. The children's bodies County's Child ProtectiveSomers and his team were 11, 2015, led to the discovery v ere found in plastic bins in Services is still in charge of in Quincy in November to of a young girl locked in a a storage locker in Redding. the girl's care. meet with Sheriffs Office vehicle. Though the couple was Somers said that she as personnel, the District The girl weighed about 40 originally arrested in well as the twin children of Attorney's office, Child pounds, had broken bones Plumas County, it was Huntsman are working withProtective Services and in her shoulder, broken determined that the deaths therapists, civilian witnesses. fingers, a dislocated jaw and and the bulk of abuse At some point these Somers was highly teeth that were missing or occurred in their home inchildren could be called on complimentary of local law loose. Salina so they vere to testify. Somers wants to enforcement and CPS. "It's The girl had been under returned to Monterey go trial as soon as possible just amazing how much the care of her aunt, Tami County to stand trial, for a variety of reasons, but cooperation we've been Joy Huntsman, then 39, of During an interview last of paramount concern to receiving," he said. I moon, in Make sure you can see it, with your bright, clear eyes! 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The Upper Feather River Basin-Wide Native Fish Assessment and Improvement Strategy is a collaborative effort of Trout Unlimited, Sierra Institute for Community & Environment and the U.S. Forest Service, which are seeking community feedback and input on their approach toward prioritizing areas for fishery enhancement throughout the Upper Feather River Basin above Lake Oroville. This effort is made possible in part by funding from Plumas National Forest.