SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY–
Two state senators want to know why San Joaquin County let a registered sex offender out early from jail — who then allegedly raped and murdered his own grandmother last week.
In a letter to Sheriff Steve Moore and presiding Judge David Warner, senators Loni Hancock and Cathleen Galgiani address “recent incidents involving parolees,” causing more risks to the public’s safety.
The letter called the murder of Rachael Russell “allegedly committed by a parolee who was repeatedly given early release from jail,” highlighting the need to investigate the basis for early releases from local custody
Since last year, the alleged killer — Jerome Deavila — was arrested a dozen times. The prosecutor said Deavila was recently sentenced to jail for 30 days for failing to register as a sex offender, but was released by county jail after only one day.
In a letter written Tuesday night, Sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia responds, saying:
“The San Joaquin County Jail currently operates under a Court Order…addressing the jail’s overcrowded inmate population. Over the years there have been several amendments to the Court Order… which compounded jail over crowding, and resulted in the early releases of parole violators booked in the jail on technical violations.”
The senators also point out that San Joaquin County has received $80 million in state funds for jail expansion. But “with the exception of one other county,” construction is underway except for San Joaquin County.