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Feb. 19, 2016

Lifer Parole Unit secures three-year denial of parole for inmate convicted of first degree murder

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Lifer Parole Unit secured a three-year denial of parole of an inmate who first degree murder in 1993.

Charles Freeman, 45, is currently being held at California State Prison, Solano located in Vacaville.

According to Deputy District Attorney Diane Harrison who appeared Thursday on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, Freeman and his cousin were in a 99 Cent store in Rialto, when the store owner confronted the men over a possible theft from the store.

“Mr. Freeman and his cousin returned to the store a while later, armed with a loaded gun, to confront the owner over the accusation of theft,” Harrison said.

Freeman was tried by jury and found to have been the shooter, who fired two rounds into the victim’s head, and another into his upper torso, resulting in his death.

Freeman was sentenced to 25 years to life for the first degree murder, plus an additional three years for use of the firearm for a total of 28 years.

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




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