[UPDATED] Orange County Prosecutors Oppose Prison Release For Paul Crowder, 1991 Anaheim Prom Night Killer


[Updated at end of this original Sept. 18 post] Paul Crowder has never taken responsibility for getting drunk and murdering Berlyn Cosman, a 17-year-old high school student on her Anaheim prom night in 1991, but he wants a California parole board to vote to release him back into society on Sept. 19.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas this afternoon issued a cautionary press statement opposing the release and dispatched Paul Chrisopoulos, one of his veteran prosecutors, to attend the hearing.

A parole board granted Crowder–who committed the crime at 19, is now 40 and is serving a 15 years to life sentence–release from prison in 2010, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a break from entering his maid to block the move.
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Grab your seat. 

In 2011, the parole board again voted to release Crowder and Schwarzenegger's replacement, Jerry Brown, vetoed the move–probably after having the governor's office thoroughly cleaned from the aging, D-level actor's remaining bodily fluids.

Rackauckas says he believes that Crowder still poses a risk to society.

Matt Coker, my Weekly colleague, has previously written about the case. Go HERE to read his detailed report.

We'll update the story after the hearing.

UPDATE, Sept. 20: Rackauckas' stance won. A state parole board voted today to block Crowder's release back into society. He can renew his parole request in five years.

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