Gov. Jerry Brown has revoked a decision to grant parole to a man who in 1991 shot and killed a 17-year-old Crescenta Valley High School student on prom night, essentially upholding the same decision made by his predecessor.
The O.C. Register is reporting that Brown overturned the decision of a state board last year to grant parole to 39-year-old Paul Crowder -- who is serving 15 years to life, plus four years for killing Berlyn Cosman -- after determining that the inmate "does not genuinely understand or accept responsibility for his actions... (and) currently poses a danger to society if released."
While the issue was being settled, a second state parole board decision this year also sided with Crowder after Berlyn’s father, Mark Cosman, wrote in favor of his release. That letter angered other family members who said Berlyn's father did not speak for the family.