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UPDATE: Austin Vantrease Transferred to McDowell County Correctional Center

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As of Monday, Austin Vantrease will serve the rest of his prison sentence in the southern part of the state.

Last week, the West Virginia Parole Board denied parole for Vantrease and sent him back to the Huttonsville Correctional Center.

Vantrease has since been transferred to the McDowell County Correctional Center, a minimum-to-medium security facility.


The West Virginia Parole Board has denied parole for Austin Vantrease, 22. Vantrease is serving his sentence at Huttonsville Correctional Center for his part in the 2009 beating of Ryan Diviney.

Diviney's father, Ken, posted on the Ryan's Rally Facebook page that Vantrease was denied parole due to the dangerous nature of the crime that was committed, that society isn't prepared for Vantrease to be released from prison, and that Vantrease hasn't completed all of his required programs. Diviney also cites Vantrease's lack of accountability and his absence of remorse toward his family.

The Division of Corrections's website estimates that Vantrease will be released from Huttonsville Correctional Center in July 2015.

A message left for the Parole Services Director was not immediately returned Monday.

Original Story

A Delaware man convicted of malicious assault in the 2009 beating of Ryan Diviney is scheduled for a parole hearing on Monday, July 22.

Austin Vantrease and Johnathan May got into an argument with Diviney over the World Series around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 2009. May punched Diviney in the head, causing him to fall and hit his head, and Vantrease kicked him repeatedly, according to court documents. The beating left Diviney in a coma like state. Vantrease was sentenced to up to 10 years at the Huttonsville Correctional Center.

Family members of Austin Vantrease, 22, have started an online petition in support of his parole hearing and are encouraging people to sign it. The petition has garnered 519 signatures. "Austin has always accepted responsibility for his role in the incident. He has been in the West Virginia Department of Corrections for three years now. Austin had no prior criminal record before this incident and has had no write-ups while he has been at Huttonsville," said Gale and Bob Vantrease, Austin's parents, in a letter sent to 12 News.

Ryan Diviney's family has started an anti-parole petition for Vantrease, which has 153,354 signatures.

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