|For Immediate Release
July 8, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WHO: Inmate Robert Rudy Lozano, 48
WHAT: Will be released from prison today following a Court decision to reverse its previous ruling, determining that the inmate does not pose an unreasonable risk of danger to society. Lozano was denied release Feb. 7, 2013, at a Proposition 36 resentencing hearing by the Honorable Robert R. Fitzgerald. Lozano was being held at Pleasant Valley State Prison, Pleasant Valley.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Lynda Fernandez re-opposed Lozano’s release on behalf of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA).
Despite the February 2013 findings, the Court determined today that the inmate does not pose an unreasonable risk of danger to society after reviewing a motion filed by the defense citing the inmate’s health condition. While the motion by the defense was pending, the inmate wrote a letter to the Court describing his successful rehabilitation from drugs, but tested positive for morphine two weeks later.
The People argued that the inmate’s lengthy criminal record, past and present gang affiliations, and willingness to take a human life, which was evidenced by his prior voluntary manslaughter conviction, makes him a risk and danger to society.
Criminal Background Submitted for Court Consideration
On Nov. 29, 1984, Lozano was convicted of one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Lozano was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
On Nov. 30, 1984, Lozano was convicted of one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Lozano was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
On June 7, 1985, Lozano was convicted of one felony count of voluntary manslaughter for beating a man to death with a baseball bat following a verbal argument. Lozano was sentenced to four years in state prison and was granted parole in February 1987. (Strike Offense)
On July 1987, Lozano was serving six months in jail on a parole violation after being arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. Lozano was granted parole again in January 1988, but was arrested eight days later.