Prosecutor in Kristin Smart case leaving SLO County employment

November 29, 2022

District Attorney Dan Dow and Deputy District Attorney Chris Peuvrelle


After successfully prosecuting Paul Flores for the murder of Kristin Smart, San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Chris Peuvrelle has garnered a supervising attorney position in Monterey County, according to a press release.

Peuvrelle plans to represent SLO County through the sentencing and for all post trial matters in the Paul Flores murder case. He will join the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in Jan. 2023.

“I could not be more proud of a prosecutor than I am today of Christopher Peuvrelle for the commitment and professionalism shown by his determined effort to achieve justice for Kristin Smart,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “While I am sad to lose Chris as a prosecutor in our community, he is joining a great office under the leadership of District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni and I am confident that he will pursue justice just as vigorously for the People of Monterey County.”

The attorney for Flores, whom a jury convicted last month of the murder of Smart, has filed a motion seeking to delay his client’s sentencing. A hearing on attorney Robert Sanger’s motion will take place on Dec. 2 in Monterey County Superior Court. Flores’s sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec. 9.

Flores faces 25 years to life in prison. Sanger has said he will appeal the conviction.

The California Attorney General’s Offices responds to appeals in felony cases.

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I noticed Dow didn’t go out of his way to make a counter offer to get Pevurelle to stay. Now Dow doesn’t have to worry about being challenged by someone who could beat him.

Don’t be ridiculous. What makes you think pay scales are not fixed by the Board of Supervisors, and that D.A. Down can just give away money setting any rate he feels like?

Congrats, I sense a judicial appointment in the making.