If we had the death penalty in this State, maybe parole wouldn’t be part of the conversation.

Parole Denied Again for Northland Murderer


Updated: 10/11/2016 2:37 PM
Created: 10/11/2016 2:36 PM
Convicted murderer James Fields will serve at least three more years in prison.
State officials formally denied Fields’ third request for parole on Monday. He has served 27 years in prison and was up for parole in 2002 and again in 2014.
Fields pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in July 1989 after he killed Don Isakson, a Hermantown man who picked Fields and his 15-year-old girlfriend up on his way to Ranier. They were hitchhiking. Eleven miles from International Falls, Fields forced Isakson out of the car, took his wallet and shot him four times.
Kim Nygaard and John Isakson, two of Don’s children, spoke to Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy during Tuesday’s parole hearing.
“We explained who my dad was, how he contributed to society, the community, raised his kids,” John said.
They came out of the hearing with big smiles and said today is a big relief.
“The burden comes off,” John said. ‘It’s still there, but you can feel it.”
They said Commissioner Roy told them Fields still has some things to work on.
“I feel good that he was only stayed for three years. I mean, you’d like to hear 10,15 but it’s not possible,” Kim said. “We feel really good about it.”
Commissioner Roy turned down an interview request for this story.
We’ll have more on Eyewitness News at Six.

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