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DA RAMOS DISCUSSING LIFER PAROLE UNIT

Parole Suitability Hearing Results (July 2016)

Gerardo Luna

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Luna was sentenced Aug. 5, 1993 to 26 years to life in prison for killing a female victim and injuring another man. Luna had been having an affair with the female victim while the male victim was in prison. Once the male victim was released from prison, the female victim broke off the affair with Luna. He then shot and killed the female victim and shot and injured the male victim.

HEARING RESULT: On July 13, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Connie Lasky secured a 7-year denial of parole.

Frank Lee

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Lee was sentenced Jan. 29, 1992 to 8 years to life in prison for slashing the throat of a female homeowner who confronted him while he was burglarizing her house. Fortunately, the victim survived.

HEARING RESULT: On July 21, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Connie Lasky secured a 5-year stipulation.

Richard Cox

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Cox was sentenced Sept. 26, 1997 to 15 years to life in prison for choking his wife to death. After killing his wife, Cox took her body to a remote location and dumped it over an embankment. Cox blamed the victim because she was difficult to live with while going through menopause.

HEARING RESULT: On July 7, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Connie Lasky secured a 3-year denial of parole.

Jesse Reed

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Reed was sentenced Aug. 27, 1971 to 7 years to life in prison. Reed was a codefendant who robbed a liquor store. After hearing about the robbery, locals went in search of Reed and his codefendant. When the locals found them, Reed shot the victim.

HEARING RESULT: On July 27, 2016, the California Parole Board found Reed suitable for parole.

Rene Guerrero

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Guerrero was sentenced May 21, 2004 to 31 years in prison for killing a female victim. Gang members had given guns to the victim to hide when police were called to their location. The guns were then taken by a rival gang. As a result, Guerrero shot the victim and left her body on a freeway onramp she could not recover the missing guns.

HEARING RESULT: On July 21, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Karen Schmauss secured a 5-year denial of parole.

Mark Barrios

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Barrios was sentenced May 28, 1991 to 16 years to life in prison for killling his girlfriend after she tried to break up with him. The victims had her throat slashed and she was stabbed multiple times.

HEARING RESULT: On July 12, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Cameron Page secured a 3-year denial of parole.

Henry Baltazar

SUMMARY OF CRIME: The inmate was sentenced APril 18, 1993 to 29 years to life in prison for killing another man while he was eating at a burger restaurant with his family.

HEARING RESULT: On July 7, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Connie Lasky appeared alongside the victim's next of kin and secured a 7-year denial of parole.

Theodore Sanders

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Sanders was sentenced April 23, 1982 to 17 years to life in prison for killing the victim because someone else was setting off fireworks. The victim was an innocent bystander.

HEARING RESULT: On July 6, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Dan Lough secured a three-year denial of parole.

Kelly Scaffidi

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Scaffidi was sentenced AUg. 23, 1985 to 15 years to life in prison for killing a woman in the desert. Three years after the murder, he confessed after being arrested for a string of burglaries.

HEARING RESULT: On July 7, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Diane Harrison appeared alongside the victim’s next of kin and secured a five-year denial of parole.

Wayne Deshazer

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Deshazer was sentenced May 21, 1993 to 16 years to life in prison for killing another man. Deshazer and his friend murdered the victim by stabbing him to death and abandoning his body in the desert.

HEARING RESULT: On July 7, 2016, the Parole Board found Deshazer suitable for parole.

Jorge Alcazar

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Alcazar was sentenced Aug. 16, 1995 to 19 years to life in prison for shooting and killing two victims who he believed had burglarized his house.

HEARING RESULT: On July 13, 2016, Deputy District Attorney Diane Harrison appeared alongside the victim’s next of kin and secured a 5-year denial of parole.

Andrew Lychee

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Lychee was sentenced April 21, 1993 to 15 years to life for murder. After meeting the victim at a party, Lychee tied up the victim so he could look for the victim's marijuana. The inmate then killed the victim and dropped his body down a mineshaft, to eliminate witnesses. The victim's body could not be recovered. Months later, Lychee turned himself in due to his guilt.

HEARING RESULT: A Postponement was ordered July 7, 2016.

Ernesto Serrano

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Serrano was sentenced July 17, 1992 to 15 years to life for murdering five people during drug deals.

HEARING RESULT: A Continuance was ordered July 7, 2016.

Karl Williams

SUMMARY OF CRIME: Williams was sentenced Juy 22, 2004 to 15 years to life for beating and raping two women, one in her home and the other in the bushes.

HEARING RESULT: The inmate was granted a one-year waiver July 7, 2016.

Hearing Result Terminology
Grant

Grant - A grant decision occurs when the panel finds an inmate suitable for parole.

Denial

Deny - A parole denial occurs when the panel finds an inmate unsuitable for parole.

Stipulation

Stipulation - Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations provides that inmates may stipulate to their unsuitability for parole. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 15, § 2253, subd. (c).) A stipulation occurs when the Board accepts an inmate’s offer to stipulate to his or her unsuitability for parole for a specified period (3, 5, 7, 10, or 15 years). If the Board accepts an inmate’s offer to stipulate, it is considered a denial of parole for the stipulated period. For example, an inmate might offer to stipulate that he or she will be unsuitable for parole for a period of three years. If the Board accepts such an offer, the inmate will be denied parole and will receive his or her next parole hearing three years from the previously scheduled hearing date. An inmate’s offer to stipulate to his or her unsuitability can be made in advance of a hearing or at a hearing. Requests for stipulations are common and are frequently granted.

Waiver

Waivers - Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations provides that inmates may waive a parole hearing for any reason for a period of one to five years as long as the request is submitted at least 45 calendar days prior to the hearing. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 15, § 2253, subd. (b).) A request for a waiver submitted less than 45 days before a hearing is presumed invalid and shall be denied by the Board unless good cause is shown and the reasons for the waiver were not and could not reasonably have been known to the inmate 45 days prior to the hearing. Inmate-waiver requests are common and are frequently granted.

Continuance

Continuance - Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations provides that the Board may continue a hearing that has already commenced if a party requesting the continuance shows good cause. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 15, § 2253, subd. (e).) A parole-hearing continuance occurs when a hearing is commenced, but is not completed for some reason and is, therefore, continued to a future date for completion. Continued hearings do not occur often. 

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