Convicted murderer David Gates denied parole |

Convicted murderer David Gates denied parole

On Wednesday, convicted murderer David Gates was denied parole for another five years, said Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell.

A parole hearing was held in the morning for Gates who was convicted of strangling his father, Robert Gates, in 1993 in Nevada County.

Gates’ attorney advised that he did not wish to appear at the hearing at San Luis Obispo Men’s Penal Colony but would stipulate to a three-year denial.

Deputy DAs Oliver Pong and Michael Coffey argued to the parole commissioner that due to the lack of any improvement in Gates’ mental illness and his continued assessment as high risk, that a five-year denial is more appropriate.

The commissioner agreed with the five-year request, but recommended that should Gates show improvement in his therapy and treatment, he should be allowed to petition for a rehearing before the five-year term is up.

The son and daughter of David Gates, who are also the grandson and granddaughter of Robert Gates, attended and gave their statements of concern for their safety and objections to parole.

The District Attorney’s Office appears at all lifer parole hearings to ensure that the prisoners paroled have actually rehabilitated and are no longer a threat to the community.

The victims are often assisted by the District Attorney Victim Witness Center and the Deputy District Attorneys appearing to relay their feelings about parole.

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