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.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner Reports

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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Comments (3)
  1. Left Coast Chuck says:

    Apparently Crowder can pull the wool over the eyes of the prison board. Glad we have governor review of the parol board’s actions. When they release someone like Crowder, they should be compelled to release him to a halfway house in their neighborhood. I think if that were the case you would not see many releases.

  2. CessnaDriver says:

    I am beginning to think that this Crowder guy isn’t a nice person.

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