Lack of remorse keeps murderer in prison |

Lack of remorse keeps murderer in prison

Lack of remorse and dearth of any signs of personality improvement led to the denial of a plea for parole from a North San Juan man who was convicted of first-degree murder two decades ago, Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Francis said.

Robert Crom will remain behind bars for a maximum of five years at Salinas Valley State Prison, Francis said.

“The inmate killed his neighbor for allegedly stealing some marijuana plants three years previously,” Francis said. “He had threatened the victim’s life directly and indirectly in the years and weeks leading up to the murder. He shot the victim a minimum of three times in the head with a rifle ‘because he wanted him dead.’ He shows no remorse for his crime or the victim’s family.”

Francis, who was present at the recent parole hearing, said three members from the family of Stephen Cole, the victim, attended the hearing as well.

Family members have expressed concern for their safety should Crom be released, Francis said.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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