PASADENA (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld a decision by California Gov. Jerry Brown to deny parole to a man convicted in the 1985 slayings of a Pasadena high school teacher and student.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal said Thursday Brown did not improperly rely on new evidence in 2013 when he overruled a decision by parole officials to grant Robert Butler parole. Butler was convicted of first-degree murder in the killings of 47-year-old Robert Jones — his former high school teacher — and 17-year-old Ronald McLendon.READ MORE: Co-Founder Of Black Lives Matter LA Sues LAPD Over Their Response To Swatting Call At Her Home
The court also said there was evidence to support the governor’s decision.READ MORE: Father And Son Arrested In Connection With 3 Cold Case Murders In East LA Dating Back to 2014
Brown said he found Butler’s explanation for shooting Jones incomprehensible. Butler said he felt deceived and rejected by Jones after the high school coach had become a parental figure.
Another attorney said Butler’s attorney, Michael Satris, was away and not available to comment on the decision.MORE NEWS: California Passes New Warehouse Safety Law Seeking To Protect Amazon Workers
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