HARRISBURG – A proposal which focuses on the parole process for violent offenders has passed the state House. House Bill 146, known as Markie’s Law, was named after Mark Mason, an 8-year-old boy who was killed by Keith Burley, who was paroled at the end of his minimum sentence for homicide, even after committing two separate assaults of other inmates while behind bars. The bill would postpone consideration for parole an additional 12 months if an inmate attempts to escape, smuggles contraband, or retaliates or intimidates witnesses while incarcerated. Burley was released from prison in 2019 after serving 20 years in a robbery and shooting death. A parole board determined that Burley was not only rehabilitated, but that he no longer posed a risk to the public at the conclusion of his minimum sentence. Burley was arrested four months later in the stabbing death of Mason, who he abducted in a car during a domestic dispute. The bill goes to the state Senate.