Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with CDCR, pushed back on Ramos’ assertions, saying the board under the law must assess whether individuals have turned their lives around and they reject parole the vast majority of the time. “Unfortunately, D.A. Ramos is wrong on the facts and politicizing a serious process that’s been in place in California for more than a century,” Waters said in an email to the Daily Press. “The Parole Board is made up of law enforcement and public safety professionals with decades of experience, including a former prison warden, assistant sheriff, CHP division chief and supervising deputy district attorney, among others.”

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM
Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM

“Are you kidding me? I mean what’s going on in this state?” Ramos told the Daily Press. “We’re going to have to take back this system.”

Strongly urging the governor to reject their recommendations, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos castigated the California Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday as liberal agendists after six convicted murderers in this County were granted parole last month.

“Are you kidding me? I mean what’s going on in this state?” Ramos told the Daily Press. “We’re going to have to take back this system.”

With views echoing those conveyed in a one-minute, 52-second video posted to the DA’s office Youtube account, Ramos told this newspaper that his office’s efforts to keep “the worst of the worst” behind bars have become noticeably more difficult in the past three years amid criminal justice reforms.

He said that his team of senior lawyers, part of the Lifer Parole Unit created in 2003 to attend hearings and assist victims’ families, have seen their relationship with the Parole Board deteriorate from working to adversarial.

“Since then, in the last few years, parole hearings have gone absolutely, absolutely horrendously in the wrong way,” he said in the video. “I am sick and tired of a liberal agenda being placed on the backs of victims of crime, especially those who have lost loved ones to murder.”

He also sharply criticized assessment tools for parole consideration, which he said included giving preference to convicts because they were older than 60.

One of six convicted murderers granted parole last month whose crime occurred in this county, Herman Monk, 68, had been convicted of killing his estranged wife in 1992 and sentenced the next year to 26 years to life in prison.

The murder occurred in Lytle Creek, where Monk took Denise Monk to a restaurant, plied her with three to five double-strength cocktails and then took her to a secluded mountain road to a turnout overlooking a steep cliff, according to the DA’s office.

“With their young child watching from the truck, Monk shoved Denise off the 3,500-foot cliff. The fall didn’t kill her,” the office said in a statement. “During trial, the evidence showed that Monk descended the cliff to Denise’s resting place and bashed her head in with a rock as she lay incapacitated.”

Other convicted murderers granted parole included Robert Seabock, who killed a guard in a Chino prison in 1972; Christopher Asay, who robbed and killed an armored car driver in Baker in 1987; Mark Barros, who slit his girlfriend’s throat and stabbed her multiple times in Rialto in 1990; Francisco Villasenor, who shot and killed a person after breaking into their apartment and seeking purportedly stolen drug money either in or before 1993; and Gilbert Colon, who shot and killed a teenager who tried to break up a fight in San Bernardino in 1993 between Colon and his wife.

Ramos added the sheer number of parole approvals here in a single month was indicative of the worsening trend of leniency from the 15 governor-appointed commissioners who work under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

 

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