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January 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A Marine from Camp Pendleton, convicted of murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian, has a job waiting with the sheriff's department in his hometown in Massachusetts once he is released, a Navy parole board was told Wednesday. The Plymouth County sheriff submitted a letter to the Naval Clemency and Parole Board that he plans to hire Lawrence Hutchins III as an emergency medical technician. Hutchins grew up in Plymouth and his brother, Kurt, is a deputy sheriff. "I am confident that based on Private Hutchins' demonstrated record of accomplishment prior to his offense, and his strong network of support, that if he is released on parole, he will be an asset to this office and to the community," wrote Sheriff Joseph McDonald Jr. Hutchins is serving an 11-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., for the 2006 killing in Hamandiya, west of Baghdad.
November 28, 1986 | Associated Press
A former administrative assistant to Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) has been named to serve on the California Youthful Offender Parole Board, the governor's office in Sacramento announced this week. Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Nancy B. Dooley, 40, of El Toro to fill a vacancy on the state board. Dooley, now a self-employed consultant for special projects and events, worked for Badham from 1973 to 1981. She was an executive secretary for the Sacramento Union from 1966 to 1969.
July 18, 2011 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
Defense lawyer Elvin Gentry was walking into the El Paso County courthouse this year as an assistant district attorney was walking out. The prosecutor stopped Gentry to chat about the news that outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter had just commuted the life sentence of one of Colorado Springs' most notorious killers, a woman named Jennifer Reali. "Did you have a hand in that?" the prosecutor asked. Gentry, a fixture in state legal circles since 1970, said he did indeed. The other lawyer was incredulous: "Must be nice to have a lawyer stick with you for 20 years.
December 1, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday approved two nominees by Gov. Gray Davis to four-year terms on the vacancy-plagued state parole board. The committee of three Democrats and two Republicans cleared Sharon L. Lawin of La Verne and Alfred R. Angele of Los Angeles for expected confirmation by the full Senate on Monday. Davis nominated Lawin, a former executive director of the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Assn., in November 1999.
February 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
A state board unanimously rejected Karla Faye Tucker's bid for clemency Monday, leaving only the Supreme Court and the governor with the power to halt the pickax killer's scheduled execution today. Despite pleas of mercy, the gruesome nature of her crime left the Board of Pardons and Paroles with no qualms, rejecting her plea, 16-0, with two abstentions, board chairman Victor Rodriguez said.
August 30, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle has been appointed to the state parole board, the governor's office said Wednesday. Doyle, 54, of Murrieta, surprised staff members and other county officials last week when he announced that he would resign to take the post. He joined the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 1975 and was elected sheriff in 2002 with 66% of the vote. He cruised to a second term in 2006 with 72% of the vote.
August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
American Fulbright scholar John Edward Tobin won a recommendation that he be released as early as today from the Russian prison where he is serving a drug sentence, and Russian authorities appeared eager to end his high-profile imprisonment. Tobin, 24, became eligible for parole Thursday, and the parole board unanimously recommended he be released, satisfied by his behavior at the prison in the southern town of Rossosh.
March 16, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday named a former Los Angeles police lieutenant to head the state parole board. David A. Hepburn, 49, has been a member of the nine-member board since August. As its chairman, he will receive a salary of $99,343. Hepburn's appointment comes two days after Davis failed in his effort to reappoint the former chairman, James W. Nielsen. A onetime Republican state senator initially placed on the board by former Gov. Pete Wilson, Nielsen had served as chairman since 1991.
August 23, 1990 | From United Press International
The California parole board dangled a complete parole victory before ex-Black Panther radical John Spain on Wednesday but pulled back when one member of the panel asked for further review by the entire board in September. For now, however, Spain, who has been out of prison for two years, was found suitable for parole in the unprecedented hearing at Vacaville State Prison. At the request of one member of the three-person panel, the full nine-member board will review the decision Sept.
May 26, 1994 | From Associated Press
James Earl Ray lost his bid for freedom Wednesday when a parole board rejected claims that he did not kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and that he was pressured into pleading guilty. At his first parole hearing in 25 years, Ray claimed his lawyer convinced him that he already had been convicted by the news media and that pleading guilty in return for 99 years in prison was better than risking a trial and possible death sentence. "First, I didn't kill Dr. King," Ray said.
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