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Judge Overturns California Governor's Decision, Lets Man Who Brutally Murdered His Co-Worker Out On Parole

| by Lisa Fogarty

A man from Fresno, California, who served time for repeatedly stabbing his co-worker in 1984 and then cutting his heart out and carrying it in his pocket has been released from prison.

Against the wishes of Gov. Jerry Brown, Theodore LeLeaux Jr. was released on parole last week by a Fresno County judge who determined he was no longer a threat to society, reports Huffington Post. The man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after he fatally stabbed co-worker Kenny Carlock 77 times on June 5, 1984. Carlock, then 25, worked with then-23-year-old LeLeaux at a mail courier service.

Police found the victim’s mutilated body inside of his apartment. When they arrested LeLeaux the following day on a burglary charge, they reportedly discovered Carlock’s heart in his jacket pocket.

LeLeaux has been eligible for parole in the past. At a parole hearing in 2008, he reportedly claimed he was addicted to methamphetamines when he committed his crime and had been suffering from delusions and a psychotic break. When he was eligible for parole in 2012, Brown objected and he was kept in prison. But Brown’s objection was overturned last week and he was released to live with his wife in San Luis Obispo.

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Gayle McCracken, Carlock’s sister, called the decision “unbelievable” and said she will continue to try to contact prison officials and Brown’s office until she gets answers as to why LeLeaux was released.  

“How can a judge overrule the governor of the state of California?” McCracken said. “I thought the governor was top dog. Someone dropped the ball because this guy is dangerous. I have told them that he will strike again, and it could be your heart the next time.”

Source: Huffington Post

Photo Credit: Huffington Post, Fresno Bee/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation