Atascadero woman convicted of killing a CHP officer paroled

December 12, 2022

Kaylee Weisenberg


The Atascadero woman convicted of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in 2011 was paroled from prison. She spent 12 years of a 15-year to life sentence.

At 23 years old, Kaylee Weisenberg crashed into and killed CHP Officer Bret Oswald while driving on South River Road. The jury concluded that Weisenberg was under the influence of methamphetamine when she crossed a double yellow line and hit Oswald, who was attending to a disabled vehicle.

Members of Officer Oswald’s family including his widow, sister and parents attended the parole hearing by video and strongly objected to her parole. A San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney represented the office at the hearing and voiced a forceful objection to the release of Weisenberg based on the serious nature of the crime and continued danger to the community should she be released.

“I strongly disagree with the Parole Board’s decision to release Kaylee Ann Weisenberg back into the community after serving only 12 years for taking the life of a California Highway Patrolman,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.  “My office will urge Governor Newsom to review and repeal the Parole Board’s decision in this case.”

At the time of her sentence, individuals convicted of murder received no “good time” credits. Meaning, Weisenberg was required to serve every day of 15 years prior to even being considered for parole.  In 2016, Proposition 57 was passed which provides individuals convicted of violent crimes, such a murder, up to a 33% reduction in their sentence. As a result, Weisenberg was granted parole after serving only 12 years for her murder conviction.

The District Attorney will seek a review and reversal of the Parole Board’s decision directly to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Setting Prop 57 and the 33% sentence reductions aside for the moment. Current California law on second degree murder FOR vehicular manslaughter is 0-10 years. Which is about where most other states sit according to MAAD, even most red states. So, this women 12 years in actually served 2 years longer than the maximum sentence current law would require her to serve. Note I am not making a point for or against her release—-just adding needed context.

Was Prop 57 really a factor or was the parole board being asked to hold someone longer than the current law allowed? Prop 57 ‘s 33% reduction (5 years) would have sprung her in year 10. Or 2 years ago…

Maybe she’ll get a longer sentence the next time she kills somebody.

This is what you voted for. Now we all must lay in this bed.

What if she was vacationing in Russia? Would trade here release for a captured Russian Bio Warfare criminal in captivity here? We are all guilty of stupidity but to kill a police should equate to “so sad and too bad for all parties”. That means full term consequences, I’ll a step further, naloxone should not be used to revive overdose victims. Parachutes for stupidity just allows the problem to multiply. Naloxone breeds more addicts, death is sad but so are bad choices for the one who will not repeat the wrong and loved ones who will spread the news.

We should be supporting law enforcement by keeping this POS in the slammer for the full life term.