Family members of both the inmate and the victim were allowed to address the board at the hearing.
Neal Kolmetz was driving a pick-up truck that collided with a car on the Boggy Creek Bridge South of Cottonwood in November of 1989.
Seventeen-year-old Brian Odom of Marianna was the driver of the other car and died a few days later. Two other teens that were riding in the car with Odom were injured.
Neal Kolmetz told the parole board that his brother has completed alcohol rehabilitation and become a model prisoner. But, the board voted to deny parole.
Brian Odom’s mother broke down in tears during her testimony to the board. She and her husband are grateful for the outcome.
The parole board is not scheduled to consider the Kolmetz case again for another two years. This is the fifth time Kolmetz has been denied parole.