[UPDATED with Denial:] Kevin Frank Henriques, Killer of Girlfriend, Faces Parole Challenge
Henriques, who is currently being held at Avenal State Prison for killing 20-year-old Theresa Cacho in 1991, will next be eligible for a parole hearing in 2016.
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 10, 7:36 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) will be represented before the state prison parole board this afternoon opposing the release of Kevin Frank Henriques, a 40-year-old Riverside man convicted of strangling his live-in girlfriend to death before wrapping her body in a blanket and rolling it down a hill within Cleveland National Forest.
Henriques, who is currently being held at Avenal State Prison, was sentenced on March 19, 1993, to 15 years to life in state prison after a jury found him guilty of killing his 20-year-old girlfriend, Theresa Cacho.
If Henriques had been convicted of first-degree murder, he would have received a 25 years to life sentence and not yet been eligible for parole. But a judge knocked it down to second-degree, which brought the 15 years to life sentence.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy will be among those appearing before the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations' Board of Prison Terms urging that Henriques remain locked up.
According to the OCDA:
On Jan. 3, 1991, Henriques, then-19, and girlfriend Cacho, 20, were living together in a Riverside home and got into an argument. Henriques handcuffed the victim, stuffed socks wrapped in a plastic bag into her mouth, and strangled and murdered her. When roommate 18-year-old Brian Davidson returned home, Henriques admitted to Davidson that he had murdered Cacho. Henriques and Davidson wrapped the body in a blue blanket and put her in Henriques' car trunk. They then drove to a remote area of the Cleveland National Forest and discarded the body by rolling it down a hill.
In February 1991, two forest hikers discovered Cacho's body. Crime scene investigators removed her partially decomposed and gagged body from the slope where she was discarded. The victim was identified through fingerprints in April 1991. Davidson was convicted of being an accessory after the fact and testified in Henriques' trial.
Henriques should remain in prison because he has shown no remorse for Cacho's killing, continuing to claim her death was an accident, according to the OCDA. Davidson, meanwhile, testified that Henriques admitted to killing his girlfriend.
The prisoner's "failure to take responsibility for his crime, lack of remorse, and continuous denial of his guilt demonstrates that he still poses a threat to public safety and the community," McGreevy will reportedly tell the parole board today.