Santa Rosa, CA – April 2, 2019 – California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate Nathan Stephens, 60 years
old previously of Santa Rosa, was given a five year denial of parole by
the State of California Board of Parole Hearings following a hearing on March
26, 2019 at Avenal State Prison, in Avenal California.
currently serving a one hundred and thirty-four year sentence for the
continuous sexual assault of three children under the age of fourteen, who the
inmate had repeated access to over a period of five years.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This inmate was a clear danger to the community at
the time of his offenses and he remains a clear danger to this day.
Fortunately, the Board agreed with our position and as a result he will remain
incarcerated for the next several years.”
convicted by jury in 1992 on twenty separate counts and sentenced to the
maximum term allowable. At the time of his sentencing Stephens was not eligible
for parole until 2059, but under recently passed legislation he became eligible
to have a hearing based upon his “elderly status”.
Deputy District Attorney Laura Passaglia appeared on behalf of the Sonoma
County District Attorney’s Office and argued that Stephens should remain
confined as he continues to pose a danger to the community despite his age.
Following a contested hearing, the parole board determined that Stephens
continues to pose an unreasonable risk to society if released early and denied
his petition. He will be eligible for reconsideration in five years.