Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rejected parole for a Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in his chair from 1983 to 1984, in spite of opinions from a panel of appellate court judges and a state parole board that the convict should be released.
On Dec. 15, Schwarzenegger overturned the parole board's recommendation to free Tony Protopappas, 65, who has served more than 25 years of his 15-to-life sentence on three second-degree murder convictions.
In late 1983 and early 1984, Protopappas gave fatal doses of a general anesthetic to Kim Andreassen, 23, Cathryn Jones, 31, and Patricia Craven, 13, in his Costa Mesa dentist's office. Protopappas was using narcotics heavily at the time and wasn't licensed to administer the drug.