[UPDATED] Orange County Prosecutors Oppose Prison Release For Paul Crowder, 1991 Anaheim Prom Night Killer

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Cosman: Robbed of her life on prom night in Anaheim 

[Updated at end of this original Sept. 18 post] Paul Crowder has never taken responsibility for getting drunk and murdering Berlyn Cosman, a 17-year-old high school student on her Anaheim prom night in 1991, but he wants a California parole board to vote to release him back into society on Sept. 19.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas this afternoon issued a cautionary press statement opposing the release and dispatched Paul Chrisopoulos, one of his veteran prosecutors, to attend the hearing.

A parole board granted Crowder--who committed the crime at 19, is now 40 and is serving a 15 years to life sentence--release from prison in 2010, but then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a break from entering his maid to block the move.

Grab your seat. 

In 2011, the parole board again voted to release Crowder and Schwarzenegger's replacement, Jerry Brown, vetoed the move--probably after having the governor's office thoroughly cleaned from the aging, D-level actor's remaining bodily fluids.

Rackauckas says he believes that Crowder still poses a risk to society.

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Crowder
Matt Coker, my Weekly colleague, has previously written about the case. Go HERE to read his detailed report.

We'll update the story after the hearing.

UPDATE, Sept. 20: Rackauckas' stance won. A state parole board voted today to block Crowder's release back into society. He can renew his parole request in five years.

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