Nathan Gaudet, the teenager who dismembered the slain remains of Adrianne Reynolds, is to be released from a juvenile detention center Nov. 11, Reynolds’ parents said Monday.
Tony and Joann Reynolds, the adoptive father and stepmother of 16-year-old Adrianne, said they were notified in a phone call from juvenile court authorities that Gaudet will be released on his 20th birthday.
Joann Reynolds said that, as a condition of his release, Gaudet will be on parole until his 21st birthday on Nov. 11, 2009.
He was 16 when he went with friends Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory to a farm in Mercer County where he used his grandfather’s saw to cut Reynolds’ burned body into a half-dozen pieces.
He testified against Kolb in two murder trials, which ultimately ended in a conviction. He said that Kolb and Gregory strangled their classmate on Jan. 21, 2005, and later ordered him to remove her head and arms to prevent authorities from identifying her body through dental or fingerprint records.
The pair tried to burn the remains after strangling Reynolds in Kolb’s car, which was parked at a Moline Taco Bell.
The head and arms were placed in a garbage bag and lowered into a manhole at Blackhawk State Historic Site, Rock Island. The torso and legs were left at the rural property, which belongs to Kolb’s grandparents.
Gregory led police to the remains and later pleaded guilty to the murder.
Gaudet pleaded guilty on Feb. 23, 2005, to concealing a homicide. He was sentenced to up to five years in juvenile custody. He will have served less than four years upon his release.
Tony Reynolds said that parole board officials warned his family a year ago that it was likely Gaudet would be released one year before his 21st birthday.
“They told me that if they let him go when he’s already 21, he doesn’t even have to tell them where he’s going,” he said. “This way, they can keep track of him for another year while he’s out.”
The Reynoldses have twice spoken to parole board members who were considering Gaudet’s release in prior years. They urged them to keep Gaudet in custody as long as they could.
Tony Reynolds said he has asked that one message get to Gaudet: “I told them to tell Nate that if he ever finds the need to apologize, he should just keep it. I don’t need it, and it won’t mean anything to me.
“When I found out he was going to be free, my first thought was that it’s not fair that he gets to go on with his life, and Adrianne don’t. It’s not fair.”
Asked how he thinks he would react to bumping into Gaudet in public, he said, “I hope he sees me before I see him.”
Gaudet’s grandmother, Pat Corbin, notified police when she remembered seeing her grandson with Kolb and Gregory and found a saw, which appeared to have blood on it, hidden in the basement.
She declined comment Monday.
Kolb and Gregory are serving sentences for first-degree murder and concealing a homicide. Kolb was sentenced to 48 years for murder, and Gregory was sentenced to 40 years. Each was given an additional five years for concealment.
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