For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
INMATE WHO BEAT AND SEVERELY DISFIGURED CLOSE FRIEND AGREES TO CONTINUE PAROLE HEARING TO 2015
SANTA ANA – The Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections denied parole three years today for an inmate who severely disfigured his friend by beating him in a drainage ditch. William Robert Frederick, 40, Buena Park, is currently being held at Pleasant Valley State Prison, Coalinga. Frederick was found guilty by a jury of aggravated mayhem and was sentenced Jan. 11, 1991, to life in state prison with a one year sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon and great bodily injury while committing a felony, to be served consecutively. Then-Deputy District Attorney Gary Paer originally prosecuted this case.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh appeared via video conference today on behalf of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to oppose parole. Prior to the hearing, the inmate conceded that his parole would be denied and stipulated to a 3-year continuance.
1990 Aggravated Mayhem of John Doe
At approximately midnight on March 5, 1990, 18-year-old Frederick lured his roommate, 16-year-old John Doe, to a remote location under the pretense of stealing stereos from an old warehouse in Anaheim. Frederick and the victim had previous problems regarding thefts from one another.
Frederick drove John Doe and co-defendant John Scudder to a remote location, where he put John Doe in a chokehold and began beating him in a drainage ditch. Frederick used beer bottles, a knife, a piece of a wooden pallet, and his fists to attack John Doe, who was barely conscious following the assault. After Frederick’s attack, he left John Doe bleeding in the drainage pipe. He returned to John Doe’s house, where he was staying as a house guest, and washed the blood off his hands.
John Doe managed to crawl out of the pipe to a nearby residence to call 911. Frederick accompanied the victim’s family to the hospital pretending to be a concerned friend. Police later interviewed John Doe, who identified Frederick and Scudder as his attackers.
The victim’s numerous stab wounds required four hours of surgery and 158 stitches, leaving sixteen visible scars.
Threat to Public Safety and Failure to Accept Responsibility
The inmate used his familiarity with the victim to lure John Doe to commit his vicious crime. Not only did the attack require premeditation and torture, but the inmate deceived the victim’s family and accompanied them to the hospital.