|For Immediate Release
August 28, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
PAROLE DENIED FIVE YEARS FOR TWO AVENAL STATE PRISON INMATES CONVICTED OF MURDER
SANTA ANA – The Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, denied the parole yesterday for two inmates convicted of murder.
Ramiro Contreras, 45, was found guilty of one felony count of first degree murder and one felony count of kidnapping on June 3, 1988, and subsequently sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. In 1987, Contreras suspected his girlfriend was having an affair with Carlos Molina. Contreras forcibly removed Molina from a car, where he was sitting with the inmate’s girlfriend, and stuffed him into their own car. Contreras then drove the victim to an orange grove, argued with Molina, and struck the victim in the face with a firearm before murdering Molina by shooting him point-blank in the head execution style.
Michael Raymond Goodson, 55, was found guilty of one felony count of first degree murder and sentenced on Dec. 6, 1990, to 30 years to life in state prison. In 1989, Goodson attempted to rape his 48-year-old ex-girlfriend, Harriet Anne Fleming. During the struggle, Goodson murdered the victim by strangling her with his bare hands.
Both inmates are currently being held at Avenal State Prison.
Deputy District Attorney Nagy Morcos appeared at the hearings to oppose parole for Contreras and Goodson. Before denying the inmates’ parole, the Board took into consideration their recent prison rules violations and threat of risk to society should they be released. Contreras and Goodson will be eligible for their next parole hearing in 2018.
To read more about OCDA’s parole opposition of Contreras and Goodson, please visit our website at www.orangecountyda.com, and select “OCDA to Oppose Parole of Inmate Convicted of Kidnapping and Murdering Man Execution Style,” and, “OCDA to Oppose Parole of Inmate Convicted of Strangling- Murder of Woman,” respectively, under Press Releases/Media Advisories.