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Man granted parole for prior Turlock burglary
Jason Draper

A Modesto man sent to prison for a Turlock burglary has been found suitable for parole, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office reported.

In 2015 Jason Sean Draper, 41, had pled guilty to a residential burglary of a home in Turlock that occurred in 2014. During the burglary the homeowner came home and took photos of Draper leaving the scene.

Draper also admitted having a prior residential burglary conviction from San Joaquin County in 2007 and a robbery conviction in Stanislaus County in 2010. Both prior convictions were used as “strikes” under California’s “Three Strikes” law to impose a prison sentence of 25 years to life.

Draper’s prior criminal history also included a prison commitment in 2009 for assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as prior felony convictions for possession of stolen property (2007) and auto theft (2006).

A parole hearing was held on Nov. 10 at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga. Deputy District Attorney Kirk Brennan appeared at the hearing on behalf of the People. Brennan argued against Draper’s release on parole and for continued confinement based on the inmate’s commitment offense, lengthy criminal history and lack of credibility.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board of Parole Hearings granted parole, finding that Draper had received no rules violations during his time in prison and had actively participated in programming such as a substance abuse, AA/NA, denial management, vocational training, college courses, and a K9 program. The commissioners also felt that Draper had expressed significant insight into the causes of his criminal behavior.