ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Date: March 27, 2015
SANTA ANA – The Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations rescinded the parole of a man today who shot and murdered a 17-year-old high school student on prom night while she was sleeping in her hotel room. Paul Crowder, 42, is currently being held at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy. Crowder was sentenced Nov. 1, 1991, to 15 years to life in state prison and an additional four years for the personal use of a firearm. A rescission hearing was held today where the Board heard evidence from two correctional officers who witnessed Crowder’s serious prison violations from 2014. Based on the evidence that was presented at today’s hearing, the Board determined that the violations were proven and gave them good cause to rescind the inmate’s 2010 grant parole. Crowder will be scheduled for a parole hearing in the next four months at the prison before the Board. Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos attended today’s rescission hearing to oppose Crowder’s parole.
“My office is committed to keeping dangerous murderers behind bars long after a conviction is obtained,” stated District Attorney Rackauckas. ”I commend the work of the prosecutors, Investigators, and the staff at the Orange County District Attorney’s office for their devotion and dedication in seeking justice for victims and thank Governor Brown and the parole board for putting public safety first.” Continue reading