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Parole denial for murderer

POSTED October 30, 2010 12:07 a.m.

A Modesto man convicted of a 1988 robbery and murder has been denied parole.

George Salter, 50, was found unsuitable for parole based on his lack of rehabilitation and failure to accept full responsibility for his crime, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

In November 1988, Salter worked in a Modesto bar as a bouncer. He and several bar patrons noticed an intoxicated elderly man who had just cashed his social security check and was displaying a large amount of cash. Salter and the others decided to rob the man and followed him to his campsite by the Tuolomne River where he was hit on the head with a baseball bat, stabbed multiple times and mutilated after his death, according to the district attorney’s office.“Salter claimed that he only intended to help a friend collect a debt and tried to distance himself from the murder and mutilation of the victim; notwithstanding the fact that he hit a defenseless victim on the head with a bat, while his crime partner was assaulting him, and then robbed him of all his money,” the district attorney’s office said in a released statement.In 2009, the parole board had ordered Salter’s release from prison, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, reversed this decision stating the murder “was especially heinous” because the victim was “especially vulnerable;” that Salter had “not accepted complete responsibility for his role in this matter;” and “that his release from prison ...would create an unreasonable risk to public safety.”Salter was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery in 1988 and was sentenced to life in prison. This was his ninth parole hearing; he has been incarcerated for over 20 years.

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