Orange County District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
INMATE CONVICTED OF 1985 SHOOTING-MURDER OF ESTRANGED WIFE IN FRONT OF THEIR 13-MONTH-OLD SON FOUND SUITABLE FOR PAROLE OVER OBJECTION OF OCDA
SANTA ANA – Despite opposition by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), The Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, determined today that an inmate convicted of the 1985 shooting-murder of his estranged wife in front of their 13-month-old son is suitable for parole. Horace Tanniehill, 53, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced May 9, 1986, to 20 years to life in state prison. This case was originally prosecuted by former Deputy District Attorney Edward Munoz. Tanniehill is being held at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos attended the hearing to oppose Tanniehill’s parole and argued that Tanniehill still fails to take responsibility for the crime by claiming he only wanted to hurt his wife and not kill her despite shooting her six times at close range. The inmate’s parole suitability will now go before California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The Governor has the authority to accept or reverse the Board’s decision to grant Tanniehill parole.
To read more about OCDA’s parole opposition of Tanniehill, please visit our website at www.orangecountyda.com, and select “OCDA to Oppose Parole of Inmate Convicted of 1985 Shooting-Murder of Estranged Wife in Front of their 13-Month-Old Son,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories.