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Ex-model who ate husband's body parts still a threat, D.A. says

October 04, 2011

Orange County prosecutors plan to argue at a parole hearing Wednesday that an ex-model convicted of killing her husband and then cooking and eating parts of his body two decades ago has not reformed and should remain behind bars.

Omaima Nelson is seeking early release from California Central Women's Prison, where she is serving 27 years to life after being found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of William E. Nelson.

Nelson, who lived with her husband in Costa Mesa, claimed she was a victim of domestic violence, a claim prosecutors and, ultimately, jurors rejected.

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Prosecutors said Nelson has a pattern of violence toward men. She was convicted of assaulting a former boyfriend, Robert Hannson of Huntington Beach, in 1990 by tying him up and demanding money at gunpoint.

She also bit a security guard's breast and has had several run-ins while in prison, though she has kept out of trouble since 2006, when she was last denied early release, said Orange County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Randolph J. Pawloski

Prosecutors also stated that she has not taken advantage of prison self-help programs, failed to admit to drug and alcohol problems, has a callous disregard for others and remains a risk to the community.

"She should be kept in prison for the maximum denial period," Pawloski said.

—From the Los Angeles Times

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