I need your help. In 1986, my sister Shelley Sikes was abducted and murdered on her way home from her job at Gaido’s. I received notice from the parole board that Gerald Zwarst is being considered for parole. He is one of the men that was convicted of abducting her. John King and Gerald Zwarst were given life sentences in 1988 for aggravated kidnapping, which was the harshest crime they could be convicted of at the time, since her body had not been recovered.
To this day, we still do not know where her body is. Since this is his second consideration, my family and I are not as confident that he will be denied parole. Gerald Zwarst’s mother still lives in the El Lago area and I do not know if he could be released to this area, or be free to visit his mother. Either way, I do not want to run into him or have him around my daughters or any of my friends. The fact is, he should remain in prison for the duration of his sentence. I am asking for you to help me keep him in prison to serve out his full sentence, which is 40 years.
Please let the parole board know your feelings. You can fax, e-mail or mail a letter to:
Victim Services Division
8712 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 265 P.O. Box 13401
Austin, TX 787111-3401
Be sure to include his name, State ID: 02060724, and TDCJ ID: 00485451
My family and I want to thank you ahead of time for your help in keeping this violent criminal behind bars. Five years ago due to the help of family and friends, we were able to keep him in prison for 5 more years, let’s do it again. Please feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested in helping. The Victim Services Division recommends that letters be sent in by the end of February, the case will go to the parole board in a couple of months for the final decision. Without your help, this man may be free to work and live in your community.
Unfortunately, I will be asking for your help in a few months when John King's case goes before the parole board.
Dana (Sikes) Wild