LAPD captain wants woman to stay in prison for role in brother's killing

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles Police Department captain is hoping to convince a parole board not to release a woman convicted in connection with the murder of a fellow officer - his own brother.

Capt. Brian Pratt is on a campaign to keep Rayleen Brooks behind bars. Brooks was convicted of manslaughter in the 1988 murder of Pratt's brother, fellow LAPD Officer Daniel Pratt. Along with convictions for three attempted murders, Brooks was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

"Obviously I want her to stay in prison. I don't feel she's served her sentence. A life in prison, should be a life sentence," Pratt said.

Brooks is not meant to be up for parole for another two years, but she petitioned for an earlier hearing. The petition claims she has been free of disciplinary problems, has completed a rehabilitation program and earned an associate's degree.

The parole board granted the request and the hearing is next month.

Pratt said he talked to Brooks at a hearing around three years ago, and she showed no remorse. He said she remains a danger to society.

"She acted like she was trying to weep, but I don't think she could even shed a tear when I was speaking to her. She just looked angry," Pratt said.

Brooks' boyfriend Kirkton Moore fired on three people before shooting and killing Pratt's brother during a police chase in South Los Angeles. He's behind bars for life with no parole. Brooks drove the getaway car.

"If she had said 'I am sorry,' I would have forgiven her. I think I have already forgiven, but I cannot excuse. You can't ever excuse the act of what you did," Pratt said.

Pratt said when he often reflects on his brother's murder, he's always mindful that while he lost a brother, his brothers' four children, two boys and two girls, lost their daddy.

"You can't just kill a policeman and expect to have the rewards of life that other people have," Pratt said.

Pratt is calling on the community to write the parole board and demand that Brooks remains locked up.

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