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Friday, March 27, 2015

D.A.'s Office to oppose another parole request for man who killed high school girl on prom night in 1991

OC RegisterThe Orange County District Attorney’s Office in a hearing Friday is expected to oppose parole for a man who shot and killed a high school girl in Anaheim on prom night two decades ago.

Paul Crowder, 42, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 1991 for the death of 17-year-old Berlyn Cosman, a straight-A student who was shot as she slept in an Anaheim hotel room after a post-prom party.

Crowder has twice won grants of parole but those were overturned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and again by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.

He was denied parole for five years in 2012, but an appeals court ruled there was not enough evidence to show that Crowder would be a danger to society and ordered the state Board of Parole to set a release date.

The Board on Friday will reconsider Crowder’s parole eligibility in light of recent prison violations, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and having a cellphone in his cell at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, prosecutors said.

“Crowder has not taken responsibility for his crime and continues to show a lack of remorse,” the OCDA said in a statement. “He maintains that the gun went off accidentally when he tripped as he was entering the hotel room.” continue reading...

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