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Parole denied for fatal beater
December 13, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A martial arts-trained former security guard who literally ruptured a teen’s heart with blows to the chest after she rejected his advances was denied parole for the ninth time.

Craig Ralph Johnson, 57, is unsuitable for release for another three years, according to the two-person Board of Parole Hearings which heard his case at San Quentin State Prison.

Johnson, who was convicted in 1979, is currently serving 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder. He denied the murder during his trial but admitted his actions to the parole board a decade later, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The board’s denial came after hearing from the office, which opposed his release, along with the victim’s mother and brother.

Johnson was a married man working as a security guard and trained in martial arts when he killed the 19-year-old girl on April 13, 1979.



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