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Future Unclear For Sonora Attempted Murder Convict

Sonora, CA — The State of California could reverse plans to release a Mother Lode man convicted of attempted murder.

We reported this past September that a state board granted parole to Gary White of Sonora. Back in 1989, White and his co-conspirator Chalen Selvian forced their way into the former Foster Farms Restaurant in East Sonora, and stole money. The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office reports that a restaurant employee present at the time, Pamela Comer, was led into a walk-in refrigerator. She was shot twice by White, once in the head and once through the arm. She was also shot once by Selvian, in the shoulder. An hour later she was found by her husband. Comer remarkably survived the incident, but she was severely and permanently injured.

After the state board granted parole, Governor Jerry Brown had 120 days to refer the decision for en-banc review, before going into effect, which he chose to do. Brown cited concerns about White’s history of gang involvement, and violence in prison. The District Attorney’s Office reports that White claimed to end his association with the Nazi Low Riders in 2009, but there is confidential information suggesting serious misconduct since that time.

District Attorney Laura Krieg is opposed to letting White out of prison, and the District Attorney’s Office was represented by Deputy DA Cassandra Jenecke during a Board of Parole Executive meeting on December 22nd. After hearing various testimony, the Board decided to schedule a future rescission hearing to evaluate whether there is good cause to postpone, or rescind, White’s parole release date. A rescission hearing is typically conducted by a panel of three officials. It is not immediately clear when that hearing will be held.