SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Every month, prosecutors assigned to the District Attorney’s Lifer Parole Unit appear before the Board of Parole Hearings to oppose parole of inmates sentenced to state prison for life.
These hearings are held at various state prisons located throughout the state. Last month, the Lifer Parole Unit successfully secured twelve denials of parole.
According to Deputy District Attorney Connie Lasky, who is a member of the Unit, seven inmates were denied parole after a hearing, and five other inmates conceded they were ineligible for parole without a hearing.
During the month of April, the Parole Board granted parole to two inmates, despite the objection of the Lifer Parole Unit.
In one case, gang member Robert Regalado shot and killed the victim because he thought the victim was “mad-dogging” him. The second grant of parole was given to Ronald Crutcher, who murdered a victim during a gas station robbery.
Since Jan. 1, 2018, 64 hearings have been held. During this period, the Parole Board granted 24 releases.
“Our office will continue to fight for victims and their families to keep murderers sentenced to life in prison behind bars where they belong,” said District Attorney Mike Ramos. “Just yesterday, our prosecutor secured a five-year denial of parole for killer J.P Remsen.”
Remsen was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the 1998 stabbing death of 14-year-old Tristan Jensen, whose skeletal remains were found in Redlands in a clogged sewer.
“This defendant is a cold-blooded killer who still continues to commit violent acts while incarcerated,” said District Attorney Ramos, who prosecuted the case while assigned to the Major Crimes Unit.
In Oct. 2006 Remsen and another inmate assaulted a third inmate. Remsen stabbed the victim with an 8-inch long and 1/4-inch wide shank, while his co-defendant punched the victim with his fists. The incident occurred in the yard and was witnessed by an officer. Both inmates only stopped the attack after less than lethal force was used. The victim was stabbed in the chest, back, shoulder and legs.
Remsen pleaded guilty in Lassen County to attempted murder for a 10-year consecutive sentence.
In 2015, 2 inmate-made syringes were found in Remsen’s legal mail and he pleaded guilty in Kern County to possession of a controlled substance in jail. He was sentenced to a 4-year subsequent term.