HOUSTON (FOX 26) - “I just miss loving him,” Dana Milke said as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Milke had one child 19-year-old Peter Milke.
“He was trying to find his way in the world at 19,” the grieving mother said.
Peter Milke was murdered last February while working at a Bellaire pizzeria.
“My son was shot 15 times how am I going to get over that,” Milke said.
Police say 24-year-old Kiara Taylor shot Milke to death because he couldn’t get the cash register open.
“This should have never happened,” said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan. “This was so utterly preventable.”
Kahan and Peter Milke’s mother blame the parole board for Peter’s death.
They say Taylor should have been in prison last February when he allegedly murdered the 19-year-old.
“You didn’t do your job. My son is dead,” Milke said.
Just three months after being paroled Taylor was convicted of two felony counts of burglary.
After serving one year in state jail, a parole revocation hearing was held for Taylor.
According to parole documents we obtained, Taylor’s own parole officer told the parole board Taylor is “a threat to public safety.”
“That should have been it no ifs, ands, or buts,” Kahan said.
But the parole board overruled the parole officer and hearing officers recommendation to send Taylor back to prison.
“Even though he’s a threat to society,” said Kahan.
In 2015 Taylor once again violated parole and was sent to a parole violator facility for 60 days instead of prison.
From there he went to a halfway house where parole records state Taylor admitted to assaulting another resident.
Then Taylor spent two months on the run.
In October of last year Taylor was arrested and convicted of evading arrest and served 45 days in the Harris County Jail.
“Keep in mind he was a fugitive from justice there were several months we had no idea where he was,” Kahan said.
But once again the parole board decided not to send Milke back to prison.
He went to a parole violator facility for 60 days instead.
Three days after his release he allegedly murdered Peter Milke.
“I firmly believe that the parole board also shares equal blame,” Kahan said.
“Oh yes,” Milke added. “”And I would like to sit down with them face to face they have to be accountable.”
Dana Mike says the parole board has made it hard for her to answer two questions that were once simple: do you have children? And if so how old?
“My son was 19 when he died but then he had a birthday,” Milke said as she choked back tears. “I have a son but he’s dead.”
A spokesman for the parole board tells us board members did consider the recommendation by Taylor’s parole officer and hearing officer to revoke his parole but chose not to.
He gave us no reason as to why.
We asked him how many other parolees like Taylor committed crimes but were allowed to stay on parole.
He told us he didn’t know.
We also asked if the parole board members who allowed Taylor to remain free would meet with Milke’s mother.
His answer to that was no comment.