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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | December 29, 2010
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.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 21, 2010
A former Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in his chair was granted parole Wednesday after serving more than 25 years of a 15-years-to-life sentence, state officials said. The state parole board at Folsom State Prison granted Tony Protopappas, 65, his freedom amid a state Court of Appeal ruling demanding that he be released unless new evidence showed he was dangerous to society. But the decision is anything but final. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has 30 days to review the decision and can approve it, modify his parole conditions or release date, kick it back for a review by the entire board, or reverse the decision.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 1, 2010
Stephen David Royds, a convicted drug dealer who kept his girlfriend's body preserved on dry ice in a swank Newport Beach hotel room for a year, has returned to his native New Zealand after being released from prison, federal officials said Thursday. Royds, 49, was paroled in May after serving more than a year and a half of a four-year sentence for felony drug charges. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported him June 25, ICE officials said. Royds, who went by the nickname "Kiwi," was arrested in March 2008 by Newport Beach police officers.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 2, 2010
Though his arraignment was delayed Tuesday, new details emerged about a Costa Mesa man accused of killing, decapitating and dismembering his neighbor and then shooting a friend of the victim to throw police off his tracks. Daniel Wozniak — who overnight went from a lead actor for a community playhouse planning to marry co-star Rachel Buffett to double-murder suspect — faces life without parole if convicted of killing neighbor Samuel Herr, 26, and Herr's friend Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 25 in Santa Ana's Central Justice Center.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | April 21, 2010
An Orange County attorney said he has ready-made arguments for the courts should his client, a former Costa Mesa dentist, be rejected for parole after serving more than 25 years for three murder convictions. Rich Pfeiffer, who represents Tony Protopappas, said that even if his client is granted parole at his July 21 hearing at Folsom State Prison, he fully expects Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to overturn the board’s decision, as he has in many other cases. Protopappas was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder in 1984 and sentenced to 15 years to life for giving fatal doses of a general anesthetic to three patients.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 10, 2010
A former Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in the 1980s must be freed from prison unless there’s new evidence that he is still dangerous, the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana ruled Tuesday. Writing for the three-judge panel, Associate Justice Raymond Ikola said that after serving more than 25 years of a 15-year to life sentence, Tony Protopappas, 63, should be granted parole. In late 1982 and early 1983, Protopappas killed Kim Andreassen, 23, Cathryn Jones, 31, and Patricia Craven, 13, by giving them fatal doses of a general anesthetic.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | October 29, 2009
Billy Joe Johnson got what he wanted. Johnson, 46, chuckled and joked with his lawyer as the courtroom clerk Thursday morning read the jury’s recommended death sentence for the convicted killer. The recommendation all but assures that Johnson, already facing life in prison for an earlier murder, will end up on death row, which will afford him more time with other inmates out of his cell, as he wished. If he is sentenced to life without parole, Johnson would rarely leave his one-man cell.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 21, 2009
George England, a convicted repeat child molester from Costa Mesa, has lost his bid for parole from Salinas Valley State Prison. The 65-year-old appeared Monday before the prison’s parole board, which ruled against granting him early release. England’s prison sentence tentatively is set to expire in March, said Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office, which is trying to keep England locked up. Prosecutors will file a petition under the Sexually Violent Predator law to keep the inmate in a mental institution once his sentence is completed, officials said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 18, 2009
A repeat child molester from Costa Mesa is scheduled for a parole hearing Monday, but prosecutors want to do everything in their power to make sure he isn’t freed, officials from the Orange County district attorney’s office announced Friday. George Joseph England, 65, will be up for parole Monday in Soledad, where he’s housed in the Salinas Valley State Prison for molesting three girls in 1977. England was convicted on three counts of molesting the girls in his Costa Mesa mobile home.
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