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*Oakland Parole Agent Tried To Meet With Lovelle Mixon

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The parole agent for Lovelle Mixon, the suspect who allegedly shot five Oakland police officers on Saturday, killing three and leaving a fourth brain dead, made three attempts to meet with Mixon in late February, a Department of Corrections spokesman said today.Mixon, a 26-year-old Oakland man with a lengthy criminal record, was also killed in the Saturday shooting incident.Spokesman Gordon Hinkle said the parole agent first tried to visit Mixon on Feb. 18 but he wasn’t around. The agent tried to visit again on Feb. 24 and told Mixon’s mother that he was looking for Mixon, according to Hinkle.The agent made one more attempt on Feb. 26 but Mixon still could not be located, Hinkle said.On Feb. 27 the Department of Corrections issued a no-bail parole revocation warrant for Mixon’s arrest, retroactive to Feb. 19, he said.”Due diligence was made” to try to make sure that Mixon lived up to the terms of his parole, Hinkle said.Mixon’s failure to meet with his parole agent was “a clear violation of his parole,” Hinkle said.”Unfortunately, there was a catastrophic result,” he said.Mixon was convicted of assault with a firearm in San Francisco in 2002 and was sentenced to six years in state prison.Hinkle said Mixon was paroled on Oct. 6, 2007, after serving about five years but was returned to prison on Feb. 26, 2008, for violating his parole.Mixon was paroled a second time on Nov. 1, 2008, he said.Mixon was a suspect in a murder case in Alameda County in late 2007 but police didn’t have enough evidence to charge him in the case, according to Hinkle.However, in investigating the murder case authorities determined that Mixon had violated his parole by possessing drug paraphernalia and engaging in identity theft, forgery, fraud and attempted grand theft, Hinkle said.Hinkle said people such as Mixon who are paroled from state prison are clearly told that they must meet regularly with their parole agents. “They understand that,” Hinkle said.He said Mixon was a “high control” parolee who would have been
expected to meet with his parole agent at least a few times a month, at the discretion of his agent.Alameda County Superior Court records indicate that Mixon was arrested in Oakland on Oct. 18, 2000, and charged with felony possession of cocaine base for sale and felony possession of marijuana for sale.However, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office allowed him to plead no contest to one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and he was sentenced to three years’ probation, including 30 days in the county jail.Mixon applied to participate in a work furlough program but the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office rejected him, saying in a Jan. 29, 2001, letter in his court file that he didn’t return an employment agreement and his “past case of violence could pose a threat to the program, staff and

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