After a violent parole violator allegedly raped and killed his grandmother shortly after being released from jail, two California lawmakers asked San Joaquin County officials to explain their policies behind such early releases.
Sidney Jerome DeAvila was arrested Feb. 26, charged with killing his 76-year-old grandmother and leaving her body in a backyard wheelbarrow. Law enforcement records show he was on state parole and required to wear a GPS monitor because of 2011 conviction for molesting children.
Those records also show that DeAvila, 39, was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County jail at least 10 times in the past nine months on charges of parole violations, drug use and public drunkenness and GPS violations. In almost every instance, he was released within 24 hours, due to jail overcrowding.
The Times in February reported similar early releases of other sex offenders jailed on parole violations, including one man convicted last month of attempted manslaughter with great bodily injury for a beating that left his girlfriend in a coma. A county judge said severe overcrowding left him no choice but to release parole violators, rather than set free those convicted of other charges.