|For Immediate Release
May 3, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
PAROLE DENIED FOR INMATECONVICTED OF GAGGING-MURDER OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN 1983 ROBBERY
SANTA ANA – The Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, denied the parole today for an inmate convicted of murdering a mother and daughter, who were bound and gagged during a 1983 home invasion robbery. Edward Barrios, 51, is currently being held at California State Prison, Solano. Barrios was sentenced Aug. 12, 1986, to two 25 years to life in state prison terms, to be served concurrent, after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of first degree murder, two felony counts of robbery, and one felony count of residential burglary. This case was originally prosecuted by former Deputy District Attorney Mel Jensen.
Deputy District Attorney Israel Claustro appeared at the hearing to oppose Barrios’ parole. The granddaughter and niece of the victims submitted a letter to the Board to oppose the inmate’s parole. In her letter, she wrote, “All too often, people act without thinking and are later sorry for their actions. Well, no matter how sorry Barrios may be, no amount of sorrow will ever bring back my dear grandmother or aunt, nor will it make up for all the ways in which all of our lives were forever changed by his actions that day.”
Both of victim Elizabeth Schafer’s sons as well as other Schafer family members have been active in opposing Barrios’ parole by writing letters in the past.
The Board denied Barrios parole due to his lack of insight into the crime and lack of self-help to make him a suitable parole candidate. Barrios will be eligible for his next parole hearing in 2015.
Murder of Elizabeth and Alice Schafer
A week before Aug. 17, 1983, Barrios, then-21 years old, planned a home invasion robbery and conspired with two younger co-defendants to break into the Anaheim home of 96-year-old Elizabeth Schafer and her daughter 69-year-old Alice Schafer.
On Aug. 17, 1983, Barrios and the two co-defendants gained forced entry into the Schafer home. The defendants had cut the telephone wire outside the home to prevent the victims from calling the police and put stockings and masks over their faces to prevent being identified. Once inside, Barrios and his co-defendants bound and gagged the two helpless and elderly women. Barrios personally gagged Elizabeth Schafer. They forced the frightened women to lie face down while they ransacked the home for money and valuables. Before fleeing the scene with only $75, Barrios left both elderly victims bound and gagged to suffer an inhumane and slow death by suffocation.
Lack of Insight, Vocational Training, and Threat to Public Safety
In the 29 years of incarceration, Barrios has yet to develop insight into the home invasion robbery he orchestrated and the double-murders he committed.