Governor Reverses Parole Decision for Convicted Murderer

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A man convicted of a first-degree murder back in 1981 has been denied parole by Governor Brown, the Yolo County DA’s office announced Friday.

Rodger Moore and Charles Williams were convicted of robbing and beating to death Paul Ward, a 68-year-old wheelchair-bound amputee. Ward’s body was later found in a West Sacramento parking lot.

Moore was sentenced to life in prison, but was found suitable for parole back in April.

The DA’s office challenged the Board of Parole Hearings’ decision, noting – among other factors – Moore’s apparent mental illness.

Governor Brown’s office has been reviewing the case since, and released a decision back on September 14, noting concerns about Moore’s mental health.

“I don’t find his attempts to explain his crime very persuasive. I am also troubled by Mr. Moore’s uncertain psychological state. At his parole hearing, Mr. Moore indicated he was taking medication ‘for the voices, worried about people jumping on me,’” Brown noted in his decision.

Brown recently has come under fire from victims’ rights groups for the amount of convicted murderers he has allowed be paroled. According to the Crime Victims Action Alliance, Brown allowed 331 convicted murderers on parole back in 2011.

This number contrasts Brown’s predecessors – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis – who only granted parole for 73 and 8 people, respectively, in their first years in office.

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