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Double Murderer Denied Parole

Santa Rosa, CA  –  April 14, 2017  –  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate William Barton, 62 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole after a hearing was held in front of the Board of Prison Terms at California State Prison, Sacramento on Thursday April 13.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe this inmate would continue to pose a danger to the community were he not incarcerated.  Therefore, we objected to his release. We are pleased that the parole board agreed with our assessment.” 

The charges resulted from the robbery and shooting of two farm workers on March 23, 1975. Victims Sabino Sotelo, 40-years-old, and his son Gregorio Sotelo, 16-years-old, were shot by Barton multiple times with a .22 caliber handgun. The victims paid for gas and purchased some alcohol for the inmate and the inmate’s three associates in exchange for a ride home. However, Barton demanded money from the elder Sotelo after they stopped the car on Moon Mountain Road at the entrance to Martini Ranch. When he did not comply, Barton shot and killed the son.  Barton then shot and killed Sabino Sotelo. The inmate and his associates removed the victims’ wallets and left the scene. 

Barton later pled guilty to two counts of first degree murder, and admitted the enhancement of using a firearm in the commission of the crime and was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. 

The parole board ruled that the defendant would next be eligible for parole in seven years. 

The hearing was attended by Deputy District Attorney Jane Murray.


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