Panel: Killer’s parole suitable

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Rosenkrantz will remain in prison pending a 120-day review process, first by the Board of Prison Terms, then by the governor. The Board of Prison Terms voted in 2001 to free Rosenkrantz, but then-Gov. Gray Davis blocked his release. The case went through several appeals, but the state Supreme Court upheld Davis’ decision in December 2002. Rosenkrantz’s family was happy about Thursday’s recommendation. “You can imagine we’re very relieved that the system finally worked,” said Rosenkrantz’s father, Herbert Rosenkrantz. “He’s a fine boy. He served a lot of time.” Still, Herbert Rosenkrantz said his son’s freedom depends on the Board of Prison Terms and the governor. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could face his first decision over whether to free Robert Rosenkrantz, who is serving 17 years to life in prison for the 1985 killing of a fellow Calabasas High School student who revealed he was gay. Rosenkrantz was recommended for parole Thursday by a state Board of Parole Hearings panel, which found him “suitable” for release. But Rosenkrantz still needs a parole recommendation from the state Board of Prison Terms, which denied him parole last year. If that board thinks Rosenkrantz should be freed, the final decision would fall to Schwarzenegger. Donald Specter, Rosenkrantz’s former attorney, said he has been a “model” prisoner at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. If it comes to a decision by Schwarzenegger and the governor fails to make a decision within his deadline, Rosenkrantz would be released, said Elaine Jennings, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Rosenkrantz was 18 on June 28, 1985, when he killed Steven Redman, shooting him 10 times with an Uzi. The slaying came one week after Redman told other students that Rosenkrantz was gay. In denying Rosenkrantz parole in 2001, Davis cited the “viciousness” of the June 1985 shooting. Prosecutors pointed to Rosenkrantz’s behavior after the crime, noting that the teenager fled the scene, bought a high-capacity magazine for his Uzi and admitted thinking about shooting up his brother’s car. While former District Attorney Gil Garcetti, the Sheriff’s Department and the victim’s father, Larry Redman, previously opposed his release, District Attorney Steve Cooley isn’t objecting. “We were at the parole hearing. We offered no opposition to his parole,” said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, adding that Rosenkrantz was at the top of the parole board’s “matrix.” Donald Specter, director of the Prison Law Office in the Bay Area and formerly one of Rosenkrantz’s attorneys, said that while Schwarzenegger’s parole “decisions are a little better than Davis’,” they also could be affected by the upcoming election. “I don’t know how many votes you get out of granting parole.” The Governor’s Office did not return calls for comment late Thursday. Rosenkrantz, 39, is serving a sentence for the second-degree murder of Redman, who was 17 when Rosenkrantz shot him after the graduation night disclosure of his homosexuality by Redman and Rosenkrantz’s younger brother, Joe. Specter said Rosenkrantz has completed therapy groups, and otherwise been a model prisoner and that there is a large sentiment that he is not a risk to society. [email protected] (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img