California Gov. Newsom Commutes Sentences For 12 Convicted Murderers

Gov. Gavin Newsom granted commutations to 12 convicted murderers on Friday, many of whom were serving life sentences.

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom granted commutations to 12 convicted murderers on Friday, many of whom were serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.

He also commuted the sentences of nine other imprisoned violent offenders.

“The California Constitution gives the Governor the authority to grant clemency, including in the form of a commutation. A clemency grant recognizes a person’s efforts in self-development, rehabilitation and prospects for successful community reentry,” Newsom’s office said in a statement.

“The Governor weighs numerous factors in his review of clemency applications, including an applicant’s self-development and conduct since the offense, whether the grant is consistent with public safety and in the interests of justice and the impact of a grant on the community,” according to the statement.

Allen Burnett was 18 years old when he and two accomplices carjacked Joseph Kondrath in 1992, according to his clemency certificate. Kondrath was fatally shot by one of the co-defendants during the attack.

Andrew Crater was convicted of first-degree murder for his role as the mastermind behind a string of armed robberies that left musician Jim Pantages dead in 1995, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Jacoby Felix was 18 years old when and his accomplices attempted to carjack Richard Harper in 1993, according to his clemency certificate.

Harper refused to hand over his keys and took off on foot, so Felix chased him down and fatally shot him.

Theodore Gray and his accomplices committed a series of armed robberies in 1999, leading to a shootout with homeowner Vincent Fontecchio. Fontecchio was fatally shot during the exchange of gunfire.

Crystal Jones has served 20 years of a life sentence for a 1999 drug-related homicide of James Randall.

Jones stabbed Randall, and her co-defendant fatally shot him.

Marcus McJimpson was sentenced to two life terms for fatally shooting Scott Walker and Vernon Clark during an argument in 1988.

Adonis Muldrow was 15 years old when he and his 26-year-old co-defendant committed a string of armed robberies in 2012. Muldrow’s accomplice fatally shot Rory Park-Pettiford during the final robbery.

Muldrow and his co-defendant both opened fire on police during the vehicle pursuit that ensued, but the officer escaped injury.

Maurice Nails fatally shot Robert Benjamin after a brawl outside a nightclub in 2007.

Alladin Pangilinan and his accomplices committed a slew of gang-related offenses in 1995, culminating with the murder of Sonny Ago.

Doris Roldan hired the two hitmen who murdered her husband, Fernando Roldan, in 1983. She is now 80 years old.

Bryant Salas and his accomplices participated in a gang-related altercation in 2007, which ended in the stabbing deaths of Christopher Cheng and Kevin Fu.

Luis Velez was 26 years old when he murdered an armed guard Harold Payne during a robbery in 1991.

The California Supreme Court will decide if the commutations will be rejected or upheld, according to The Sacramento Bee.

“Do the math,” Senator Jim Nielsen recently said, according to the California Globe. “Forty thousand used to be in custody. Tens of thousands used to be on parole and used to be supervised – and now they are getting away with it.”

Newsom said that it is his “responsibility” to help “incentivize accountability and rehabilitation,” according to the statement released by his office.

He claimed that such commutations also “increase the safety of the people working and serving sentences in our jails and prisons, increase public safety by removing counterproductive barriers to successful reentry and correct unjust results in the legal system.”

Comments (99)
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gfc1963
gfc1963

One word - WOW!! Is this guy for real!!?? Hope one of these people that he released murders sommone he knows. Wonder how he'll feel then??

Whitty1221
Whitty1221

Gavin Nuisance. What a terrible thing to have happen to the victims families.

JBo
JBo

This is what the voters of California WANT! They keep electing these politicians so let 'em have what they want. Just, please, keep it in California.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Even at Fox News this important news flies under their radar. Yet some book libeling Kavanaugh somehow is more newsworthy. The same goes, even more for the illegal alien crime site...

As long as mainstream media keeps pretending everything is just politics and real threats are swept under the rug, we will continue to circle the drain.

Jlna5434
Jlna5434

That's California for ya!!! When one or multiple of these people commit another murder, and they most likely will, this idiot Governor needs to be held responsible in some way.

curly33
curly33

Just keep them in California. I won't be visiting California ever again.

flybynight
flybynight

Don't some of our troll buddies live in Crapifornia? We can always hope 🙏

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

It's never going to stop until one of them kills him!!!

Justretired
Justretired

Naw nothing will happen to him, hes got 24 hour armed security. I do believe if one or more of these individuals released commits a violent crime I see a huge suit of some sort against kilafornia.

G1032
G1032

Finally. We're getting to see some of the true colors of the Democratic party. They've held the majority so long they don't feel the need to hide. Fantastic. "We're not going to take your Guns. Beto, we most certainly are going to take your guns."

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Po-po's be hoppin' mad about this, f'sure.

flybynight
flybynight

Please don't feed the trolls.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Well, that's what happens when you elect a liberal governor who is soft on crime, and believes that people's actions shouldn't have consequences. Any one else think that this type of steller leadership is why California is in the position that it is today?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

According the US News and World Report, "The commutations do not free the inmates, but make them eligible for parole hearings."

According to the LA Daily News, this is them...

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Wow, what could possibly go wrong?

zipper22
zipper22

And ANYONE else in CA is happy about this? I don't think so. This guy is dumping hardened criminals onto your streets, just like in his F'ed up "sanctuary cities". Things are not looking good for the people in CA.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Governor Gavin Newscum

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I have a one word question for this fucking governor... WHY?

mike wauters
mike wauters

California just keeps getting dumber and dumber. Keep voting those liberals in, you idiots.

TWalters
TWalters

Only way they should be allowed out of prison is to survive the Running Man. Must get through Buzz saw and Captain Freedom for clemency.

Kabarrow
Kabarrow

If the courts uphold Newsom's decision those released will need jobs and a place to live. I vote for the Gov to put them up in his home and they can all work out at Pelosi's Vineyard! This is such disrespect towards our justice system, the police who risked their lives getting these scum of the earth creeps off the street and most of all the victim's families. It's like an execution all over again for them. Too bad the majority of votes continue to vote all these assholes back in. Look where San Francisco is at under Newsom's mayorship, that's where California is headed. Enjoy! I'm glad we have left that state before we lost all rights and ended up turning all of our retirement over to the state.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

When you question the value of a life stolen by crime, it’s just a greasy steep decline down to the sewer from there. This fella needs to govern his grasp of the needs of those he is meant to be working for.

Walkingtall
Walkingtall

When the first one is released and he fails, Newsome should also have to finish out the guys sentence. Doesn't Newsome care about how the victims or their families feel?

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

What a complete idiot! This guy is a one man disaster ruining California, completely!

MJG3
MJG3

Grusom Newsom that’s what I call him. I am a native Californian but the Democratic Party is ruining my State. We need a savior like another Gov. Ronald Reagan.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Crime does pay in California

ikaika
ikaika

Newsom said these commutations will increase safety for COs and prisoners alike. Sure they will -- because you will be releasing so many murderers onto the streets, dipshit. Is that such a difficult concept?

JAYBEE0628
JAYBEE0628

gotta everything for an ambition: US President

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

This man is nuts..and so are the people in california who elected him

We9erfam
We9erfam

Glad I left California!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Calicrazy politicians hard at work.....again!!!! Not.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

Nothing like making your law-abiding citizens even more unsafe and vulnerable. What a disgusting POS. Silly me, I thought they couldn't do any worse than Jerry Brown. I was mistaken.

Musicray
Musicray

And what are these people supposed to do? Wal Mart won’t even hire them... it’ll just add to the home less population....the ones we should be VERY afraid of...

thugjager
thugjager

this is what California has become.......soft on CONVICTED criminals.....hard on tax payers....harder on survivors and soon to be survivors

Mama1959
Mama1959

Califuckyou

Papa Cooz
Papa Cooz

I tell you who should really be pissed off- it's the guy still sitting in prison for selling a bag of weed!

unclebubby
unclebubby

The pussification of America continues we need more people with balls and brains in charge #TRUMP2020

Joe Speer
Joe Speer

I read the other day the voters were looking to recall this idiot

Achmsons
Achmsons

This is one of many reasons why I’m leaving California

Achmsons
Achmsons

Unbelievable. I don’t even know how to respond

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

People in California, if you keep voting for this prick, you and your families and friends safety will be in jeopardy. And wouldn’t that suck ass if something happened to someone you knew or are related to. Great job. Not

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

With some luck.... they'll take him out now

John Q Public
John Q Public

How do we start a recall petition?? anybody know. This is unacceptable abuse of power. This demented alcoholic needs to get the boot...

OscarLundin
OscarLundin

Wow, unbelievable.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Correct unjust results in the legal system.....whatyabet better than 90 percent of these fine upstanding citizens end up right back in jail again for the same crime or worse?

BanditOne
BanditOne

This piece of shit needs to go! I prey someone in his family falls victim to another crime committed by an illegal Mexican!

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Let’s see: release truly violent criminals back on the street and disarm law-abiding citizens. Add to that the state government’s reduction/elimination of additional “time” for the use of a weapon in the commission of a violent felony, and you really do begin to believe that their goal is the creation of chaotic violence to justify extreme repressive measures against the entire population of the state.

CinGuz
CinGuz

Before he granted anything he should have met with all those victims families & the devastation these criminals caused in their lives.

stevegags
stevegags

if there's a bad idea about how to run the state, he has it. train wreck of a human being and that was before he slept with his chief of staff's wife when running for governor previously.