A San Francisco woman imprisoned 23 years for a slaying on a houseboat will be paroled under a decision by the Board of Prison Terms upheld by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The woman’s release had been turned down last year by Gov. Gray Davis, the Associated Press reports. The governor reversed board decisions to grant paroles to five other inmates convicted of second-degree murder, including a woman who shot her husband to death after an argument.
Bill Sessa, spokesman for the Board of Prison Terms, said Schwarzenegger has upheld the board on a half dozen cases and reversed the panel about a dozen times. Sessa said the governor is y taking each case individually; Davis almost never granted parole to anyone convicted of murder.
The prison board granted paroles to 294 inmates in prison for life sentences while Davis was governor; Davis reversed all but eight.