10.14.2015

Randy Rotta

Randy J. Rotta #080599 SCI, 100 Corrections Drive; Stanley, WI 54768

August 2016 Update: from July 6th letter:
Randy Rotta parole update from letter 7 6 16 
photo above:Randy and Laura on a visit. Can-do -Canine is a program. "The program has been awesome for all involved" writes Randy. 

I’m scheduled to see parole in October; of course I’ not expecting anything positive to happen. It was LaCost who convinced Stensberg to raise my defer in October to bring me back to medium custody. I’m assuming they are not going to send me back to Center anytime soon.  I really don’t know what to do. as of February 2017 I will be 60 years of age with 36 years completed on a life sentence .I’ve Done everything that has been asked of me and then some.

I’ve been here at SCI since 12/15/2015. I completed AODA and Anger management @ CVCTF. Back in Feb I became involved in the new “Can-Do-Canines” dog service dog program here at SCI. My wife is gonna be up here next Monday for her birthday- I will send you a photo  of that.


Randy Rotta with wife Laura 
 
Randy has served over 35 years on a first degree murder charge. he killed his girlfriend in a drunken rage when he found her in bed with another man. He has worked through his addiction, has true remorse and was granted parole once in 2007 but it was whisked away when a new chairman,Alfonso Graham) took office. Like with most of the parole hearing documents, the commission focuses totally on the crime, in this case 1981 when he was 23. He is now 54- a different man .
Below is Randy Rotta's petition, then the detail of his case.  Will you sign the petition and help this main gain freedom?


Petition for the release of Randy Rotta

To be delivered to Parole Chairman Dean Stensberg, DOC secretary Edward Wall, The Wisconsin State House, The Wisconsin State Senate, and Governor Scott Walker
 
We the undersigned, ask you to do all in your power to secure the release of Randy Rotta. He is one of over 2500 Wisconsin old Law prisoners, long ago rehabilitated and ready for release. He was sentenced to life at the age of 23(6/19/81) and is now 58. He has served 34 years. When Sentenced a life sentence meant he would be paroled after 11.3 years were served if he showed himself ready.
Randy killed a woman in a drunken jealous rage after waking up to find her in bed with another. We believe his remorse over this act and passion for self improvement are genuine. He has seen the parole board 29 times, received a grant recommendation from Mr Landreman in 2007 which was amended to a D-11 by Chairman Graham.
Mr Rotta has not had a conduct report for 8 years. IN fact in 2000 Charles Night, the addiction treatment coordinator at the Whiteville correctional Facility applauded the positive behavior changes he had made and recommended level V AODA treatment be dropped from requirements. He has an impressive list of accomplishments including furniture Finishing Certificate 1984, Cabinet making certificate 1994; Bachelor of Science Degree from St John’s University 1999. Programs completed include DAEP 1988(drug alcohol education);all reentry modules; “Inmates making a positive attempt to Correct Teens Project 1994; CGIP, Restorative Justice seminar (2011) AODA, Anger Management (2015) He did successful work release between 2011 and 2014. All these skills and programs plus his supportive wife show that Randy Rotta is indeed ready to be a contributing member of Society.
But his words say it best: “Mr. Stensberg I was considered for a Parole Grant by the Parole Commission on 02-07-07, but because Mr. Graham was new to his position my Grant was amended. And because of the conduct report I earned some three months later, this negated any possibility of a parole. It has been eight (8) years since that conduct report. I have not received any more conduct reports since that day, although I did recently (12/04/14) received a warning for an extra coaxial cable here at CVCTF. Commissioner LaCost was pretty hard on me about this, and I can somewhat understand her position to some degree. For when I am given the opportunity for a parole I must without question know right from wrong with even the smallest of things. I believe that I am now ready to live a crime-free life on the community. I have told lots of people that I am ready to be an ambassador in the community, but words are just that, "words". I need to put my words into action. My wife and I would be grateful if you would give the opportunity to be a productive member of our society. I will not disappoint you.”
The WI DOC is in crisis with overcrowding and lack of funds for programming or treatment. The Public mood is shifting and we are learning that our punishment only policies no longer work. Please know that you will be supported as you start being smart on crime. Release Randy Rotta.
Randy Rotta #080599, CVCTF; 2909 E Park Ave; Chippewa Falls, WI 54729





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                                              Details and documents for Randy Rotta's case

Randy James Rotta #080599
Sentenced to a life term 6/19/81 @ age 23
Milwaukee County Courthouse Br. #15
Judge Marvin C. Holtz (J-9781)
D.O.B. 2/08/57 Age 58
Last Inst. Conduct Report 5/07 (Posted Policies) (30 days Dis. Sep)
I have been seen by the Parole Commission twenty-nine (29) times My 30th parole board hearing is scheduled for October 2015 Reasons for being denied have been #4 and #5.
I a received Grant Recommendation 2/07/07 (Mr. Landreman) (STF) Amended to a D-1 1 (2-19-07) (Chairperson, Mr. Graham).
Parole Board Hearings

1.
10-21-1992
D-24
1st hearing (parole eligible) KMCI
2.
10-0-94
D-2
FLCI
3.
12-0-94
D-12
FLCI

PEDAdj. 115 days cjt.

4.
5-0-95
D-12
FLCI
5.
5-0-96
D-12
FLCI
6.
5-0-97
D-12
FLCI
7.
5-0-98
D-12
FLCI
8.
5-0-99
D-12
CCA-TN
9.
5-0-00
D-12
CCA-TN
10.
5-0-01
D-12
CCA-TN
11.
7-0-02
D-12
OSCI
12.
7-0-03
D-11
OSCI (Ms. Williams)
13.
7-0-04
D-11
NLCI (Ms. Paul)
14.
5-0-05
D-1 1
CVCTF (Mr. Hart)
15.
4-0-06
D-10
STF (Mr. Landreman) (PPI-ECRB Review)
16.
2-0-07
Grant Rec.
STF (Mr. Landreman)

2-19-07
D-11
Grant Rec. amended (Mr. Graham)

5-0-07
Conduct Report 30 days Dis.Sep. program @ CVCTF. Once

again I complied with the WI. DOC. Upon my arrival at CVCTF I also signed up for the Anger Management program. I willing gave up my work release at 0CC in order to come to CVCTF and do what has been asked of me. Upon completion of my program needs; and because of an extra coaxial cable, the Parole Commission raised my defer, and program Review will be sending me to the John C. Burke Center for in her words, "for further monitoring
17.               
1-0-08
D-1 1
RCI (Mr. Landreman)
18.               
12-0-08
D-10
OCT (Mr. White)
19.               
10-0-09
D-10
OCT (Mr. White) (Comm. Custody, W/PPI)
20.               
08-0-10
D-6
OCI (Mr. Verhagan)
21.               
02-0-11
D-6
OCI (Ms. Schroeder)
22.               
08-0-11
D-6
0CC (Ms. Schroeder)
23.               
02-0-12
D-6
0CC (Ms. Davidson)
24.               
08-0-12
D-6
0CC (Ms. Davidson)
25.               
02-0-13
D-6
0CC (Ms. Davidson)
26.               
08-0-13
D-6
0CC (Ms. Davidson)
27.               
02-0-14
D-6
0CC (Ms. Davidson)
28.               
08-0-14
D-6
0CC (Ms. Davidson)
29.               
02-0-15
D-8
CVCTF (Ms. LaCost)

Defer raised due to property warning for extra coaxial cable
30.               
10-0-15

CVCTF Ms. LaCost


Programs, Education, Accomplishments, etc...
Furniture Finishing- Certificate of Accomplishment (St.Cloud,Mn.) (1984) DAEP= Drug Alcohol Education Program (FLCI) (3-1988)
                Living Skills Life After Prison Project (KMCI) (12-1992)
Inmates Making a Positive Attempt to Correct Teens Proj. (FLCI) (1994-96) Cabinet Making -Certificate of Accomplishment (FLCI) (12-1994) AFTER= Aftercare for the Ex-offender's Rehabilitation (5-1997) CGIP=Cognitive Thinking (FLCI) (2-1997)
               Bachelor of Science degree (St. John's University) (7-1999)
               Within My Reach Marriage-Healthy Relationship Education (RCI)(02-2008)
Exchanged marriage vows w/ Laura E. Ison (@RCI) on March 14, 2008. Restorative Justice Seminar (OCI) 02-2011
                Completed all Reentry Pre-Release modules (0CC) (02-2011)
0CC! Maintenance Shop commitment —Work Release (11/2011-12/2014) AODA Residential Treatment (16 weeks) CVCTF Apr.24, 2015
Anger Management Treatment (8 weeks) CVCTF Apr. 24, 2015

Vital Documents:
A.  Birth Certificate
B.   Wisconsin State Photo ID (valid)
C.   Social Security Card
D.  Wisconsin Driver's License (valid)
I would like to layout the truth of my DOC experiences, and then we can go from there. In the last couple of years I believe I have been treated unfairly by the Parole Commission. For example, at my last parole board hearing, The Commissioner chastised me about my having an extra coaxial cable in the bottom of my TV box. I had just come from 0CC, where we permitted to have two cables. There was no conduct report written for this. The CVCTF property staff wrote me a warning on my card (12-04-14) upon my arrival. According to the Commissioner, this behavior indicated to her that I have "deeply entrenched criminal ways". After receiving nine (9) consecutive six (6) month deferments, the Commissioner raised my deferment to an eight(8).
Then the parole board continues to ask about my last conduct report. My infraction occurred, (05-19-07) while I was on work release @ Sturtevant Transitional Facility (STF). I received 30 days Dis. Sep. for the infraction of Posted Policies and Procedures. This occurred over eight years ago, yet it would appear that I am still being punished for this. As a result of that conduct report, I lost my work release, community custody, and minimum status for a period often (10) months. I then was transferred to Oakhill (OCI) for a period of forty-four (44) months. During my stay there I worked on the 0CC farm for one year. After that I was transferred to Oregon (0CC) to honor a one year maintenance commitment, and twenty-one (2 1) months out on work release. I was at 0CC for a period of thirty-six (36) months before I was transferred to CVCTF to completed AODA Residential and Anger Management programs. These programs were completed on Apr. 24, 2015.
I am beginning to get the impression that the Parole Commission believes that my getting married, while incarcerated, was a bad thing. I understand that they are trying to make the connection between my victim and my wife, but there is none. Laura and I were married at RCI back on Mar. 14, 2008. I was blessed to have such an awesome woman come into my life, and love me for the person I am today. She knows about, yet she does not judge me for the actions of my past. Laura does not smoke, drink alcohol, or do any drugs. I have been substance free myself for the past thirty-five years. The past five plus years she has been employed as a CNA. A very noble profession; not everyone has the ability to work daily with the sick and elderly. My wife and I have a very loving and committed marriage, and we both look forward to the day that I can come home and share life's experiences together.
I will speak briefly in regard to my treatment needs. In a nutshell, my AODA need had been terminated back in 2000. During my stay at 0CC I was asked to take the COMPAS test. I complied, and scored low in all areas (see Reclass. Report pg.6). In spite of this, I was asked by the Program Specialist @ 0CC to take AODA Residential program @ CVCTF. Once again I complied with the WI. DOC. Upon my arrival at CVCTF I also signed up for the Anger Management program. I willingly gave up my work release at 0CC in order to come to CVCTF and do what has been asked of me. Upon completion of my program needs; and because of an extra coaxial cable, the Parole Commission raised my defer, and program Review will be sending me to the John C. Burke Center for in her words, "for further monitoring."


Parole Hearing for Randy J, Rotta #080599 (October 2015).
Sir, I take full responsibility for the murder of Cynthia Warden. When there is loss of life that is a very serious crime, No amount of "I'm sorry" will ever correct this. Nor can I justify my actions with drug use, alcohol consumption, immaturity, jealousy, and anger. This crime happened just eight days after serving a two year sentence. I was twenty-two (22) years old. After a night of binge drinking, smoking drugs, and consuming sleeping pills. I fell asleep in one bed the early morning hours, while Cindy became sexually intimate with another man in the next bed. In all honesty, Cindy had lied to me about her true age. Coming out of prison I would have never ever got involved with her at seventeen years of age. I woke up to find them naked on the bed next to me. Shortly thereafter, the two men left, and Cindy and I argued, and I ended Cindy's life. One day I hope to make amends for any wrongs I have committed.
My last conduct report that I earned was at Sturtevant (STF) while I was out on work release on 5-19-07. That was for Posted Policies and Procedures for an unauthorized visit. For that infraction I earned 30 days Dis. Sep. The end result of that conduct report was I lost my community custody (W.R.), and minimum status. I eventually earned my Community Custody back in Dec. 2010. I was transferred from OCI to 0CC on Nov. 2011; in which I honored a one year maintenance commitment, and I earned the privilege of work release once again on 2-20-13. On 12-0-14 I was transferred to CVCTF to honor my AODA needs. I completed AODA Residential and Anger management programs on 4-24-15.
Mr. Stensberg I was considered for a Parole Grant by the Parole Commission on 02-07-07, but because Mr. Graham was new to his position my Grant was amended. And because of the conduct report I earned some three months later; this negating any possibility of a parole. It has been eight (8) years since that conduct report. I have not received any more conduct reports since that day. Although I did recently (12/04/14) received a warning for an extra coaxial cable here at CVCTF. Commissioner LaCost was pretty hard on me this, and I can somewhat understand her position to some degree. For when I am, given the opportunity for a parole I must without question to be to know right from wrong with even the smallest of things. I believe that I am now ready to live a crime-free life on the community. I have told lots of people that I am ready to be an ambassador in the community, but words are just that, "words". I need to put my words into action. My wife and I would be grateful if you would give the opportunity to be a productive member of our society. I will not disappoint you.
Randy J. Rotta #080599 Chippewa Valley Correctional,

2 comments:

Wizman said...

This is absolutley rediculous. To GRANT a parole, one must EATN it. Obviously, Mr. Rotta did this. But because of staff changes and political positions....the rug was pulled out from under him. Bullshit. Soooo....why WOULD any inmate attempt change and strive to better themselves when the system cant even come to terms WITH EACH OTHER. why not simply wait until Randy is 84 yrs old. That way, you can parole him into a nursing home for his last cupla years at a much higher cost to tax payers. Wake up, idiots. YOU are the ones whom need rehabilitation, in fact, the whole system does if indeed it comes down to the "leaders" BSing inmates by telling them jump thru this hoop and you"ll go home. Seems to me....34 years is long enough for any crime committed by someone so young. I get sick of reading all the misguided justice these days. Meanwhile, many who are/where in denial....have been long ago released for the same crime

Anonymous said...

I knew Cindy when she was a young girl in Wauwatosa,she was a sweet kid. As a teen she went down a messed up path, had it not been for Randy Rotta taking her life I believe she would have straightened out. I am glad if you genuinely regret murdering Cindy but you should stay in prison, if there is good in you, share that with your fellow inmates. You need to serve your sentence, what you did cannot be rectified.