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January 27, 2016

Lifer Parole Unit secures five-year denial of parole for inmate who killed a KFC employee in 1967

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Lifer Parole Unit secured a five-year denial of parole of an inmate who—with two other men—killed a KFC employee after escaping custody on a robbery conviction in Los Angeles in 1967.

Richard Terflinger, 68, is currently being held at Corcoran Prison Substance Abuse Treatment Facility.

According to Deputy District Attorney Diane Harrison who appeared Tuesday on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, Terflinger ended up in custody in San Bernardino in 1977 and in 1980 while temporarily in county jail, he along with several other high security custodies, cut through the jail bars attempting escape.

“After he was convicted for that escape attempt, and was still in San Bernardino County at Chino Men’s Prison, in 1981 he stabbed another inmate three times in the back, resulting in another life term,” said Harrison.

Terflinger received a consecutive life sentence from San Bernardino County on that case.

He was denied parole for a period of five years after the Board of Prison Terms found that despite him meeting age criteria for possible elderly parole, and despite him claiming to be incident-free for some time, Terflinger is still a threat to the public due to his violent history spanning over five decades, and his heavy involvement in prison gang politics during his time in custody.

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at or via text at (909) 782-5559




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