ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Scott Brodine was convicted of the 1993 beating death of his roommate, Milton Termini. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Twenty-five years later, he’s wanted again, for escaping the custody of a treatment center a year before his expected parole date.
Termini's sister Shirley Lancaster told Channel 2 Thursday she was worried for her safety with Termini’s killer on the loose. She said she wasn’t notified that Brodine was in treatment – rather than prison – until after he’d walked away from the Clitheroe Center Wednesday morning.
"I was totally upset that the system would allow him that much freedom after killing someone," Lancaster said.
Lancaster says her brother, who was half paralyzed from a gunshot wound to the head suffered years before his murder, had taken Brodine in as a roommate as an act of kindness.
"My brother was a good person, a kind person, and he did not deserve to die at the hands of Scott Brodine,” Lancaster said. “My fear is that he's on the loose, and he may hurt someone else."
Lancaster is afraid for her own life, but she is speaking out to warn others to remain vigilante while Brodine remains on the loose.
"If he'll kill once, he'll kill again," she said. "So please keep your doors locked and help find this criminal before it's too late."
Megan Edge, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, said Brodine was in residential treatment in preparation for his discretionary parole hearing, set for October 2019. While DoC inmates are sometimes allowed “passes” to leave the treatment centers or halfway houses at which they serve their time, Brodine was not on a pass when he left the center Wednesday.
Brodine had been at the center for 77 days before he left. He’d previously been at Goose Creek Correctional Center in the Mat-Su Borough. Due to privacy laws, Edge could not say what Brodine was being treated for, but she said Clitheroe provides substance abuse treatment services to the department.
Treatment centers and halfway houses are often used as a step toward reintegration before an inmate is released back into the community.
Clitheroe Center is just one of a number of institutions that contracts its services to DoC, be they substance abuse treatment programs or halfway houses. The contracts are an important step in reintegration, Edge said. “Eighty percent of the people who come into DoC custody are assessed with some kind of addiction,” she told Channel 2 Thursday.
On Thursday, 14 people in DoC custody were furloughed for treatment, Edge said. Another 286 are in community residential centers, often referred to as halfway houses.
Treatment centers like Clitheroe, or halfway houses help inmates make the transition from life behind bars to being productive members of society, Edge said. “The reality is most people don’t stay behind bars for their whole life,” she said, so they need to work toward getting back into the community.
“People are still supervised, they’re getting the services they need,” Edge said, adding that a little bit of freedom can help keep them from the overwhelming experience of going straight from prison to the street, which increases the likelihood of reoffending.
Brodine, now 50, faces a Class B Felony charge of Escape in the second degree. Police put out a Nixle alert requesting the public’s help finding him Wednesday evening. MJ Thim, a spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department, says he doesn’t have any information to believe Brodine is armed.
Edge says every inmate placed in facilities like halfway houses and treatment centers is assessed for their threat to public safety, and the threat of fleeing custody. “Unfortunately, you don’t have a crystal ball for everybody,” Edge said.
Anyone who knows anything about Brodine's whereabouts is asked to call APD's non-emergency line, 3-1-1 and select option 1.