[Updated at end of this original Sept. 18 post] Paul Crowder has never taken responsibility for getting drunk and murdering Berlyn Cosman, a 17-year-old high school student on her Anaheim prom night in 1991, but he wants a California parole board to vote to release him back into society on Sept. 19.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas this afternoon issued a cautionary press statement opposing the release and dispatched Paul Chrisopoulos, one of his veteran prosecutors, to attend the hearing.
A parole board granted Crowder–who committed the crime at 19, is now 40 and is serving a 15 years to life sentence–release from prison in 2010, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a break from entering his maid to block the move.
In 2011, the parole board again voted to release Crowder and Schwarzenegger's replacement, Jerry Brown, vetoed the move–probably after having the governor's office thoroughly cleaned from the aging, D-level actor's remaining bodily fluids.
We'll update the story after the hearing.
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.