[UPDATED with Denial:] Steven Yaklyvich, Pipe Bomber Who Crippled Man Making Time with Girlfriend, Faces Parole Opposition
Yaklyvich, who remains locked up at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, will be eligible for his next parole hearing in 2014.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 13, 7:42 A.M.: Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Jerry Schaffer is scheduled to appear via video conferencing this afternoon before the state parole board to argue against the release of a 47-year-old man accused of planting a pipe bomb that severely injured a guy making time with his girlfriend.
The parole hearing for Steven Yaklyvich, who is currently being held at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Then-31-year-old Yaklyvich was also behind bars on March 13, 1995, when he received a visit from his girlfriend. Jailed for possession of a syringe, Yaklyvich became enraged when he learned his girlfriend was carrying on a relationship with another man named Ron Robertson.
After Yaklyvich's release from jail two days later, he called Robertson, saying he would be "seeing" the stranger. Yaklyvich went on to plant a pipe bomb under Robertson's car, and it exploded on April 4, 1995, while the man was driving. The vehicle's brakes and steering failed, and Robertson's car collided with another vehicle. The blast from the explosion had blown a hole through the floorboard, causing Robertson's ankle and foot to break in five places and causing permanent walking impairment.
An Orange police investigation determined that Yaklyvich had recently been taught how to construct a pipe bomb. At his mother's home, police found a stolen car, tools, gunpowder and other bomb-making materials believed to have been used in the Robertson blast. He was arrested in November 1995, and on Jan. 27, 1997, a jury convicted Yaklyvich of exploding a bomb causing great bodily injury and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to life in state prison the following March 21.
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas maintains Yaklyvich still poses an unreasonable risk of danger to others and that his prison record shows no signs that he has been rehabilitated. He has denied his involvement in the pipe bombing for two decades inside, blaming his woes on drug and alcohol abuse, according to the DA, who adds he's been cited while imprisoned for battery on an inmate and, twice, for possessing pruno, inmate-made alcohol.