SLO man who killed 87-year-old nearing release
March 28, 2014
A 22-year-old man who, at 13, beat an 87-year-old man to death with a skateboard may leave lockup in the next two weeks. [Tribune]
The convicted killer, who grew up with a low IQ and emotional problems, is currently committed to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino. In 2005, he killed San Luis Obispo resident Gerald O’Malley, letting him die in a pool of blood in his own home after suffering a beating over the head with a skateboard.
On Tuesday, a three-member state panel voted unanimously to release the killer from lockup as soon as April 9, despite the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office objecting to the decision.
On Feb. 26, 2005, the then-5 foot 2 inch teen broke into O’Malley’s trailer in a San Luis Obispo mobile home park and beat him repeatedly over the head with a skateboard, shattering his skull. He then stole O’Malley’s vehicle, along with a 12-year-old friend, and returned to padlock the door to O’Malley’s home.
The then-teen’s defense attorney argued during trial that he suffered brain damage as a child preventing him from distinguishing right from wrong.
His sentence allows state officials to hold him until he is 25.