ELIZABETHTON — The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole has once again voted not to release convicted murderer Charles Manning early. It was the fifth time the board has denied him parole, and this time the denial was for the balance of his sentence, meaning the board will not review his case before his scheduled release.
Just exactly when that release will be for Manning, 79, is not yet determined. Tennessee Department of Corrections spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said the release date is currently July 21, 2016, but good-behavior credits could shorten the sentence.
According to prison records, Manning has racked up 5,390 days of credit for good behavior and completing education programs. Carter said Manning averages earning 16 days per month.
Manning has been in prison for 24 years, since he pleaded guilty in February 1987 to second-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-wife, Sylvia June Manning, and her daughter, 17-year-old Ann Waycaster, in their home in Simerly Creek on April 24, 1981.
One of the state’s key witnesses was then-8-year-old Chuck Manning, who saw his father kill his mother and sister by beating them with the butt of a shotgun.
Then-Criminal Court Judge Arden Hill accepted Charles Manning’s guilty pleas and sentenced him to 50 years in prison, with a requirement to serve at least 40 percent of the time. Manning spent six years in the Carter County Jail awaiting his trial. He was tried in September 1985, which resulted in a hung jury.