UPDATE, AUG. 18, 3:49 P.M.: Well, it seems Miguel Rodriguez read the tea leaves, didn't like how they were swirling in the cub and got a continuance on his parole hearing--that will not have him showing up again before the panel until 2016.
"Prior to the hearing, Rodriguez conceded that his parole would be denied based on his recent disciplinary history while incarcerated and stipulated to a 5-year continuance," reads a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri had traveled to Centinela State Prison in Imperial to oppose Rodriguez's parole. He's incarcerated there for murdering Anaheim gas station clerk Harold Doorenbos in 1991.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 18, 8:31 A.M.: Miguel Rodriguez was one of three men who brutally beat to death Anaheim gas station clerk Harold Doorenbos in August of 1991. Rodriguez and a second attacker worked at the same station, and they were upset that Doorenbos had complained about them to their boss. A father of five children, Doorenbos worked two jobs to support his family.
Rodriguez, who was sentenced on Dec. 4, 1991, to 15 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty to one felony count of second degree murder, figures he's done enough time and will ask this morning for parole from Centinela State Prison in Imperial. Begging to differ before the parole board will be Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri.
Lack of rehabilitation, ongoing major prison rules violations and Rodriguez's continued threat to the community will be reasons Olivieri will cite in favor of denying the 39-year-old's parole.
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He was 19 when he and his co-horts walked into the gas station on Ball Road and State College Boulevard around 2 a.m. on Aug. 12, 1991. They knocked around until all the customers left, then confronted 47-year-old Doorenbos. He was stabbed multiple times in the back and left side of his chest. He was struck repeatedly in the head with a blunt object, smashing his head and teeth and leaving his face deformed. As Doorenbos was dying on the ground, the attackers took money from the safe and cash register and fled.
They were arrested eight days later by Anaheim Police.
An Orange County District Attorney's office statement gives more details on why the agency believes the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations' Board of Parole Hearings should deny Rodriguez's parole request when it convenes at 10:30 a.m. today at Centinela:
Lack of Rehabilitation and Threat to Public Safety
Since his incarceration, Rodriguez has accumulated 25 prison rules violations, three of which he recently received since his last parole hearing in September 2007. Two of them were in April 2011 for battery on an inmate and fighting and he also battered an inmate in 2008. Rodriguez has also been disciplined for other major prison rules violations including inmate manufactured alcohol, battery on an inmate, failure to follow instructions, possession of a controlled substance, disobeying a direct order, and hiding out with the attempt to escape. The inmate continues to display a lack of rehabilitation and proves he cannot remain violence-free even when he is incarcerated and knows it will hinder his ability to be free.