Parole Blocked for Killer of California Man Buried Alive

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

Gov. Jerry Brown is blocking parole for the killer of a developmentally disabled California man who was buried alive.

Brown decided Friday that 52-year-old David Weidert still is too dangerous to be released, despite the recommendation by a state panel that parole should be granted.

Weidert was sentenced to life in prison for killing 20-year-old Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti in 1980 to hide a $500 burglary.

The victim’s family and five state lawmakers had called on Brown to reverse the parole board decision in what they say is a particularly heinous crime.

Weidert, who was 17 at the time, forced Morganti to dig his own grave then beat, stabbed and choked him.

Weidert’s father says his son has changed in prison and could safely be released.