For Immediate Release

November 7, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486



WHO: The Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

WHAT: Postponed Gary Eccher’s parole hearing for six months pending the outcome of a Fourth District Court of Appeal decision regarding the letter Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas wrote to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. opposing the inmate’s parole. Eccher was convicted by a jury July 11, 1986, of first degree murder. Eccher was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison Aug. 8, 1986, after the court reduced his conviction to second degree murder. The victim’s sister appeared at the hearing and opposed Eccher’s parole on record.

WHEN: Today, Nov. 7, 2011

WHERE: Avenal State Prison, Avenal, CA

For further information, please select the Nov. 4, 2011, press release titled “OCDA to Oppose Parole of Man Convicted of 1985 Beating-Murder of Live-In Girlfriend,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories at

To read the letter, please visit and click on the “DA Office” tab-down menu, select Reports, and click on the “Parole Opposition Letter to Governor Brown Regarding Inmate Gary Eccher.”