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Two Mormon families experience grief and forgiveness

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When police arrived, Olsen had fled; Cameron Davis lay dead.

Olivia Craven, the Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission's executive director, said hearings like Olsen's in April are often charged with emotion. A partition divides families of victims from the families of convicts.

Craven met with Davis a month before the hearing, not only to tell him of what to expect — it was Olsen's first chance at release, and Davis' first parole hearing — but to gauge his sentiment.

What she remembers most was Davis, the second-highest-ranking Senate leader, asked for no favors.

Following his release, Vincent Olsen will live with his family in Boise. He must remain drug and alcohol free. Any friendships he establishes must have his parole officer's approval.

In a statement to the AP, his parents, Craig and Lenna Olsen, acknowledged the Davis' terrible loss.

"Only people with their generosity of spirit could absorb all that and still be willing to offer a healing hand to our family," they wrote.

Davis concedes it's hard to forgive, but he knows it's possible.

"We learned that if we truly asked God to remove something awful from our hearts, and replace it with peace, forgiveness, and joy, he would," he wrote. "We can't fully explain it. We only know it is true."