Governor Brown Denies Parole For Prom Night Shooter
SANTA ANA (AP) — Governor Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board decision to release a prisoner convicted of shooting and killing a 17-year-old girl on prom night in Anaheim.
City News Service says Paul Crowder’s attorney Dennis Cusick argued that the 39-year-old poses no threat to society and does self-help activities.
Crowder was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in 1991 for the second-degree murder of Berlyn Cosman
Cosman was fatally shot as she slept in her Anaheim hotel room after a prom-night party in June 1991.
Crowder has said he tripped and the gun went off.
In his reversal, Brown says Crowder has been involved in transporting drugs and gang communications while in prison.
Crowder also was granted parole in 2010, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed the decision.
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