The 1986 murder of Angela Savage remained unsolved for more than 20 years.
Her family thought they had received justice when her confessed killer, Gary Troutman, was sentenced to 30 years behind bars.
This week, however, they learned he will be released after serving half the time.
“I’m very disappointed and frustrated,” said Bernard Adams, Angela’s father.
Angela’s father received a letter in the mail from the Florida Department of Corrections informing him that Gary Troutman would be released from prison in the next 90 days.
If he is released in January 2023, according to the corrections website, Troutman will have served about 15 years of his 30-year sentence. He was arrested in 2007 and then officially convicted in 2015.
“He spent eight years in the county playing the justice system like he was crazy, mentally insane, and then when we finally got a trial after eight years and he was convicted, he did another seven or seven and a half years,” Wayne Adams said. , Angela’s brother.
Troutman pleaded guilty to murdering Angela in 1986. Deputies say he strangled the pregnant woman and dumped her body on the side of the road.
Troutman initially faced charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape, but the kidnapping and rape charges were dropped. The charge of first degree murder was changed to second degree murder.
“The kidnapping and rape charges have been dismissed. Maybe the state would now like to consider re-filing those charges against him. I think that’s the only option we have at this point to try to get any sense of justice,” Adams said.
Just weeks before he killed Angela, Troutman killed 17-year-old Cassandra Scott. In that case, Troutman served nine years of a 25-year sentence. Both Angela and Cassandra were pregnant when they were killed.
Scott’s 1986 murder remained unsolved until 1994 when Troutman was charged with assaulting his wife.
NBC 6 has reached out to the Florida Department of Corrections for more details on Troutman’s release and is awaiting a response from the department.