Victor Sam was a Correctional Officer at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) at Norco, California. He was murdered by Michael A. Martin on July 21, 1977. The Board of Parole has just recommended he be released on parole.
Officer Sam had a wife and an eight day old son when he was murdered. Officer Sam stopped to help what appeared to be a stranded motorist while driving home from work. The scene was actually a set-up and Officer Sam was robbed. When the robber saw Sam’s Peace Officer ID card in his wallet, he shot Sam to death.
Martin is now 53 years old. He has been far from a model prisoner. He had an extensive criminal history at the time he murdered Officer Sam.
Under California law Governor Brown has the ability to stop Martin’s release on parole. Officer Sam’s widow Dena is urging people to write to the Governor and urge him to stop the parole. The window for executive action closes on January 17.
Those wishing to do so can write to the Governor as shown below.
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol Bldg, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814