[UPDATED with Parole Denied:] Jerry Michael Wade Poses Risk to Public Safety, DA Says of 64-Year-Old Inmate in Wheelchair
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The state prison's parole board in Vacaville denied parole today for Jerry Michael Wade, 64, who shot and killed a complete stranger he was attempting to rob on an Orange street in 1972.
Wade will be eligible for his next parole hearing in 2014.
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 12, 8:47 A.M.: As part of its Life in Prison special series, San Diego public television station KPBS sent journalists to the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Producer Angela Carone snapped photos of elderly inmates for the program that aired in January. Jerry Michael Wade was among those Carone captured to illustrate California's rising population of inmates over 55.
Sixty-four-year-old Wade is now getting a differnt kind of attention: Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Alison Gyves appears at a Vacaville hearing today to oppose Wade's parole.
Gyves will cite Wade's criminal history before he was put away nearly 39 years ago, and his "turbulent and excessive disciplinary record and recidivistic tendencies." He still poses a significant risk to public safety and should not be released, according to Gyves' boss, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
Wade would be putting the public at risk from a wheelchair, assuming he still needs one as much as he did when Carone snapped the photo of him after the break . . .