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.

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The court also said there was evidence to support the governor’s decision.

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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.

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