California Board of Prison Terms: Keep murderer Richard Johnson (B78690) in prison for life.
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California Board of Prison Terms: Keep murderer Richard Johnson (B78690) in prison for life.

    1. Ken LaCorte
    2. Petition by

      Ken LaCorte

      Los Angeles, United States

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February 2013

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Ken LaCorte: Richard Johnson was denied parole and will not be eligible for another hearing for 10 years.

Richard Johnson murdered two young people in cold blood and now may be freed on parole, but you can help stop his release.

It was a sunny afternoon on February 11, 1976. Cathy LaCorte was 18 years old, with her whole life in front of her.

She had recently graduated high school when she and her boyfriend Bob Morton decided to take a short hike in the mountains above Arcadia, California, a quiet suburb east of Los Angeles.

As they finished their hike, they were confronted by Richard Johnson, a man they'd never met. He forced them into the back of Bob's VW van, bound their hands, then shot them in the face and head with a .22-caliber rifle.

Homicide investigators had few leads since nothing connected Johnson to the two people he murdered. To this day, the best explanation of a "motive" is only that he wanted to kill some people. He was suspected of killing before, but never charged due to a lack of evidence.

This time, the evidence was there. His rifle matched shell casings left at the scene, he'd left a partial handprint on the van's door, and he couldn't help bragging to some friends.

A jury in Pasadena convicted Johnson, sentenced him to death for two counts of First Degree Homicide. The victims' families didn't really expect him to be executed, given California's history, but confident that he'd die in prison.

Then the politicians took over.

First, the death penalty was overturned and his sentence reduced to two "life in prison" terms, to be served at the same time. Under California's nutty laws, Johnson was eligible for parole LESS THAN SIX YEARS after murdering two young people in cold blood.

Now, Cathy and Bob's family fight his release every few years.

On January 30, 2013, they will once again sit in a small room with Richard Johnson, as he asks the parole board to release him back into society.

Please let the parole board know that "life" should mean life, and to keep Richard Johnson (B78960) in prison.

Thank you,

Ken LaCorte, on behalf of Cathy and Bob's families.

To:
California Board of Prison Terms
Keep murderer Richard Johnson (B78690) in prison for life.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Barbara Myers SEYMOUR, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Dear Ken LaCorte: How did the Hearing go today, Jan. 30th?

      Prayers,

      Barb Myers

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    • Kathleen Baffoni ARCADIA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Went to school with her brother

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    • Gene Cervantes MURPHYS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a Victim Advocate/Consultant for the victim rights/services organization, CITIZENS AGAINST HOMICIDE. I will continue to stand behind this family by signing this petition. This convicted murderer chose to execute two innocent young people; their lives had only just begun. Cathy LaCorte and Bob Morton do not get a second chance at life, they are gone forever. Therefore, Richard Johnson does not deserve a second chance. He does not deserve the privilege of freedom! I encourage everyone's support. These families have been victimized enough. Help them keep their loved ones murderer behind bars..where he belongs~ Thank you~

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    • sandra fountain AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Murder, in cold blood is one of the worst offences against mankind.

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    • Leo Garbarino GLENDORA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Horrible, senseless crime..keep this murderer behind bars indefinitely and give this poor family a sense of justice they deserve.

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