County officials dispute release of murderer to SLO
November 25, 2014
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and District Attorney Dan Dow are appealing the release of a convicted murdered to San Luis Obispo, arguing that they were not provided as much time as legally required to prepare for the parole a man who once cut out a coworkers heart. [KSBY]
Earlier this month, state officials paroled Theodore Allen LeLeaux, Jr. from custody at the California Men’s Colony to the San Luis Obispo home of his wife, whom he married while in prison. LeLeaux received a 16 years to life sentence in 1984 after he killed 25-year-old Kenneth Carlock and cut out his heart.
LeLeaux stabbed Carlock 77 times during the murder. The following day, police arrested LeLeaux and found Carlock’s heart in his jacket pocket.
In August, Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a state parole board decision to release LeLeaux. But, a Fresno County judge overruled the governor and determined in September that LeLeaux no longer posed a threat to society.
The governor’s office opted not to appeal the judge’s ruling.
Six days prior to LeLeaux’s Nov. 13 release, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sent messages to the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the county sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices notifying them of LeLeaux’s parole. The department of corrections delivered the messages by way of an electromechanical typewriter used for communication between agencies.
Parkinson and Dow said in a joint statement that the teletype misspelled LeLeaux’s name and provided a case number that did not correspond with their files. San Luis Obispo Police Captain Chris Staley said the message did not provide any details and failed to mention that the parolee cut out a man’s heart and put it in his pocket.
Local officials argue that LeLeaux’s parole violated California penal code, which mandates that the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices receive 60 days warning prior to an inmates release.
Dow told the Tribune that he is seeking that the parole board relocate LeLeaux’s release to the Fresno County area. LeLeaux committed the murder in Fresno County and was held in custody there prior to his state prison sentence.