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Convicted Murderer Denied Parole

Santa Rosa, CA  –  March 15, 2017  –  District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Gustavo Pureco, 52 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied release on parole Tuesday morning after a hearing at San Quentin state prison. 

Mr. Pureco was convicted on April 12, 1991 by a Sonoma County jury of second degree murder with use of a firearm, brandishing a firearm. He later pled guilty to a felony count of assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury. The trial judge sentenced Mr. Pureco to a term of 25 years-to-life.

The charges were based on a September 8, 1990 incident during which Mr. Pureco went to the Smothers Brothers’ ranch armed with a firearm.  His 18-year-old sister had moved to the ranch to live with relatives four days before the incident. Mr. Pureco confronted her, demanding that she return to his home and return to school. His sister refused. Mr. Pureco obtained a loaded handgun from the back of his car and shot her several times in the chest, killing her. Mr. Pureco then shot his cousin, who was nearby, several times about his body, causing serious bodily injury. Mr. Pureco immediately drove to a nearby police station and turned himself in to authorities.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe the parole board made the correct decision as Mr. Pureco remains a threat to public safety.”

Mr. Pureco will be eligible to request release on parole in three years.

The original case was prosecuted by former Deputy District Attorney Barry McBride. The parole hearing was handled by Deputy District Attorney Carla Rodriguez


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