For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
PAROLE BOARD FINDS INMATE CONVICTED OF 1980 STABBING-MURDER OF MARINE 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 Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2013, that an inmate convicted of murdering a Marine in 1980 is suitable for parole. Roy Garcia Garcia, 54, was convicted of one felony count of second degree murder and sentenced on Feb. 19, 1981, to 20 years to life in state prison. The case was originally prosecuted by former Deputy District Attorney Paul Meyer.
Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson attended the hearing yesterday to oppose Garcia’s parole and argued that despite the inmate conforming to prison rules and regulations after so many years of incarceration, Garcia is still entirely devoid of any insight into why he murdered a fellow Marine. The Board concluded that Garcia still lacks insight but in light of everything else, he does not pose an unreasonable danger of risk to society. 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 Garcia parole.
In February 2010, Garcia was found suitable for parole but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the Board’s previous decision to parole Garcia primarily because the inmate had not demonstrated any insight into his actions and posed an unreasonable risk to public safety by failing to accept responsibility for his crime.
To read more about OCDA’s parole opposition of Garcia, please visit www.orangecountyda.com and select “OCDA to Oppose Parole of Inmate Convicted of 1980 Stabbing-Murder of Marine Over $10 Loan,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories on the homepage.