|For Immediate Release
November 19, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
INMATE CONVICTED OF MURDERING HUSBAND WITH BOYFRIEND FOUND SUITABLE FOR PAROLE OVER OBJECTION OF OCDA AND VICTIM’S FAMILY
SANTA ANA – Despite opposition by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and two of the victim’s family members, the Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, determined Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, that an inmate convicted of murdering her husband with the help of her boyfriend in order to collect life insurance is suitable for parole. Jeanette Lynn Hughes, 58, was convicted of first degree murder by a jury in December 1986 and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos attended the hearing to oppose Hughes’ parole and argued that the inmate has failed to accept responsibility as evidenced by multiple attempts to escape from prison and her persistence in blaming the victim. Two family members of the victim also attended the hearing to oppose parole. 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 Hughes parole.
To read more about OCDA’s parole opposition of Hughes, please visit www.orangecountyda.com and select “OCDA to Oppose Parole of Inmate Convicted of Murdering Husband with the Aid of Boyfriend in Order to Collect Life Insurance,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories on the homepage.