UPDATED, MAY 11, 10:04 A.M.: The California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitations' Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday, denied parole for Kevin Frank Henriques,
a 40-year-old Riverside man convicted of strangling his live-in girlfriend to death before wrapping her body in a blanket and rolling it down a hill within Cleveland National Forest.
Henriques, who is currently being held at Avenal State Prison for killing 20-year-old Theresa Cacho in 1991, will next be eligible for a
parole hearing in 2016.
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 10, 7:36 A.M.: The Orange County District
Attorney's office (OCDA) will be represented before the state prison
parole board this afternoon opposing the release of Kevin Frank Henriques,
a 40-year-old Riverside man convicted of strangling his live-in
girlfriend to death before wrapping her body in a blanket and rolling it
down a hill within Cleveland National Forest.
Henriques, who is currently being held at Avenal State Prison, was sentenced on March 19, 1993, to 15 years to life in
state prison after a jury found him guilty of killing his 20-year-old girlfriend, Theresa Cacho.
If Henriques had been convicted of first-degree murder, he would have received a 25 years to life sentence and not yet been eligible for parole. But a judge knocked it down to second-degree, which brought the 15 years to life sentence.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy will be among those appearing before the California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitations' Board of Prison Terms urging that Henriques remain locked up.
According to the OCDA:
On Jan. 3, 1991, Henriques, then-19, and girlfriend Cacho, 20, were
living together in a Riverside home and got into an argument. Henriques
handcuffed the victim, stuffed socks wrapped in a plastic bag into her
mouth, and strangled and murdered her. When roommate 18-year-old Brian
Davidson returned home, Henriques admitted to Davidson that he had
murdered Cacho. Henriques and Davidson wrapped the body in a blue
blanket and put her in Henriques' car trunk. They then drove to a remote
area of the Cleveland National Forest and discarded the body by rolling
it down a hill.
In February 1991, two forest hikers discovered Cacho's body. Crime scene
investigators removed her partially decomposed and gagged body from the
slope where she was discarded. The victim was identified through
fingerprints in April 1991. Davidson was convicted of being an accessory
after the fact and testified in Henriques' trial.
Henriques should remain in prison because he has shown no remorse for Cacho's killing, continuing to claim her death was an accident, according to the OCDA. Davidson, meanwhile, testified that Henriques admitted to killing his girlfriend.
The prisoner's “failure to take
responsibility for his crime, lack of remorse, and continuous denial of
his guilt demonstrates that he still poses a threat to public safety and
the community,” McGreevy will reportedly tell the parole board today.