Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Convicted Murderer Vernon Bragg Denied Parole
Santa Rosa, CA – February 22, 2019 – California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate Vernon Bragg, 65 years old
of Guerneville, was given a three year denial of parole by the State of
California Board of Parole Hearings following a hearing yesterday morning at
the California Medical Facility, Vacaville.
pled guilty to second degree murder and use of a firearm in 1985 for the
shooting death of victim Ray R. Bragg committed the murder In 1982 after luring
the victim into a garage and beating him to the ground with a handgun. Inmate
Bragg then stood over the victim and discharged a single bullet into the back
of the victim’s neck, killing him. With the help of an associate, Bragg then
drove the victim’s body to an abandoned house in Duncan Mills and buried the body
underneath the house. The body was discovered two years later when one of
Bragg’s associates provided a tip to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Bragg was on
parole out of Texas for aggravated robbery at the time he committed the murder.
He was sentenced to 17 years-to-life following his Sonoma County conviction and
to date has been incarcerated for approximately 35 years.
The parole hearing was attended by Deputy
District Attorney Robert Waner and Victim Advocate Makeeba Kadri of the Sonoma
County District Attorney’s office. Several surviving members of the victim’s
family spoke in opposition to parole.