Man convicted of strangling Reno mother in 2007 up for parole, family organizes petition
After spending nearly a decade in prison, Kirk Wingo, who pleaded guilty to killing 29-year-old Brandy Gallego in 2007, is eligible for parole.
He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years.
According to hearings examiner, David Smith, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners will consider the following criteria during Wingo's hearing:
- risk assessment
- aggravating/ mitigating factors
- institutional conduct
- prior criminal history
- input from victim's family
Gallego's sister, Nancy Brandt, has organized a petition requesting that the Board deny parole to Wingo.
Smith said the Board will use the following worksheet as a guide for the decision.
For second degree murder, the "offense severity" is "highest". The number of points assessed for "risk level" are calculated according to this worksheet.
The Board is not bound by the outcome of the worksheet.
If denied, Wingo will meet with the Board again within the next five years.
If granted parole, Wingo would remain in prison to serve a consecutive term for a second charge: use of a deadly weapon.
The minimum sentence is 96 months. The maximum sentence is 240 months.
Wingo appeared in front of the Parole Board on September 17th: