The Norman Transcript

August 2, 2013

Families relieved after sentencing review for Blose

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Only one year after Amy Blose was convicted of more than 20 felony counts, a judicial review hearing for a possible reduced sentence took place Thursday in Cleveland County District Court.

District Judge Lori Walkley, who originally sentenced 39-year-old Blose, stuck with her initial sentence of 15 years. Blose was convicted last year with 24 felony charges of rape and other lewd misconduct connected to her sexual relationship with a then 13-year-old boy.

Walkley said from the minute Blose walked into her courtroom a year ago, waving at the cameras, snickering and flicking her hair, she knew what she was going to do.

“It was sociopathic behavior, all about me,” Walkley said.

Blose’s lawyer read letters from case managers, Blose’s psychologist and others saying that she has exhibited good behavior during her incarceration. He said she is receiving sex offender treatment and is consistently attending a group session. Her case manager said in a letter that she shows leadership attributes not shown by offenders.

He said he has handfuls of letters, all with the same message: “That she made a grave mistake, but since she’s been incarcerated, she’s done exceptionally well.”

Judge Walkley said she was glad Blose is doing well and she’s working hard.

“Perhaps that is the best place for her, because outside of there, she will not follow the rules,” she said, adding that if Blose was left to her own devices, she will do what she wants to do.

Before Walkley announced she was going to uphold her original sentence, the district attorney’s office asked that she remember Blose had raped a 13-year-old boy repeatedly for a little more than a year.

The prosecuting attorney also said that with the original sentence, it would make sure that Blose’s son was around the age of 18 by the time she would get out of jail; therefore, his friends wouldn’t be around the age of children that she had an “inappropriate addiction” to.

“She’s going to college and taking some classes; well, she already had a nursing degree around the time she committed these crimes,” the prosecuting attorney said.

As far as the programs Blose is involved in, the attorney said they may have started her on the right path, but part of her sentence is not only to help her get over what Blose calls an addiction, but it’s also punishment for what she’s done.

“One year in prison is not enough punishment for raping a child for a year,” she said.

The victim’s family couldn’t have been more happy when Walkley stuck Blose to her sentence of 15 years in jail.

“We’re very relieved,” said Stephanie Odle, a concerned parent.

What Odle said they were concerned about was how something like this was even an option after being convicted of more than 20 felony counts.

“How can a convicted felon with 23 felony counts, 16 of them being first-degree rape, even have the option to have a one-year sentencing review? That’s a problem. That we need to fix,” she said.

When Odle first heard that Blose was getting a hearing for a judicial review, she said they were shocked and scared.

Odle said the more she researched it, she found that if Blose took certain classes, had a place to live and had viable employment that the judge could release the person.

“That’s scary. That was scary walking into this,” she said.

Odle said it’s still scary to think that someone can say they have taken all these classes, done all these things, written letters and have a judge reconsider their sentence.

“I’m sorry, but what else do you have to do in prison besides take classes and write letters? So how can you be fixed in a year when you’ve destroyed these kids’ lives,” she said. “Our kids have been in counseling longer than she’s been in jail.”

Odle said their next step is to look at the law and get it changed.

“Lawmakers, here we come,” she said. “Now that you know as a parent, how can you not do something about it?”

Aside from that, she said concerned parents are just planning to continue letting their children heal so they can carry on their high school careers being normal and not having to worry about being called in to court or having to give another statement.

“Judge Walkley nailed it. She completely understood. I don’t know how she does it, but she completely understood the years we’ve been going through. She wrapped it all up in just two minutes, or however long her sentencing was,” Odle said. “We are very happy.”