Santa Rosa, CA – April 11, 2018 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on April 10,
2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 29-year-old
Eddie Menefee, who was convicted in 2006 of torture and sexual assault
of John Doe, a 15-year-old boy. Menefee who was 16 at the time was
prosecuted as an adult.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe that this inmate is a current danger to
the community and are in agreement with the decision to deny parole at this
In 2005 Menefee
was at a friend’s house when the victim happened to show up. They did not know
each other. During the encounter, Menefee overheard a comment made by the
victim that he perceived to be an insult and as a result severely battered and
sexually assaulted the victim over a period of several hours. The victim was
significantly injured from the attack.
In 2006 Menefee
entered a no-contest plea to charges of torture and forcible sexual assault for
an agreed upon prison sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 15
years. Having served most of the 15 years Menefee is now eligible for parole.
This was his first parole hearing.
On April 10,
2018, a hearing was held at the California Department of Corrections California
Men’s Colony San Luis Obispo to determine whether Menefee currently remains an
unreasonable risk of harm to the public, or whether he should be released back
into the community on a grant of parole. After taking testimony from Menefee,
reviewing prison files and psychiatric evaluations, hearing arguments from both
Menefee’s attorney and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, and
hearing a powerful victim impact statement given by the victim’s mother, the
California Board of Prison Terms issued a three year denial of parole.
Attorney Marianna Green prosecuted the case in 2006 and appeared at the hearing
in opposition to Menefee’s release on parole on behalf of the District