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* Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered condolences to the family of a Napa State Hospital employee Donna Gross who was killed

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered condolences today to the family of a Napa State Hospital employee who was slain at the facility Saturday.Concord resident Donna Gross, 54, a psychiatric technician, was found dead in an enclosed courtyard area around 6:10 p.m. She left for her dinner break and did not return as expected, hospital spokeswoman Deborah Moore said. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.Gross worked at the hospital for 14 years, Stuart said. Her accused killer, 37-year-old Jess Willard Massey, was booked into the Napa County jail for robbery and murder at 3:35 a.m. Sunday. He is expected to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Schwarzenegger said Gross “spent more than a decade of her life working with individuals with mental illness, a special calling for which she deserves our highest respect.”We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Gross during this difficult time.” Massey has a criminal record in Sacramento County Superior Court dating back to at least 1992, when he was charged with misdemeanor theft.The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Massey started serving two years in prison on Sept. 22, 1994, for first-degree burglary. He was paroled on Nov. 29, 1995, but returned to prison 20 days later. He was discharged from prison on Nov. 29, 1999, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

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