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* John Hammock, Convicted of 1984 Murder of 86 Year Old Woman Denied Parole

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A California state parole board denied parole for a convicted murderer in Sonoma County, the county’s district attorney announced Friday. John Hammock, who was convicted in 1984 of murder in the first degree and first-degree burglary, was denied parole and will not be eligible for another parole hearing for 15 years, according to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. Hammock was sentenced to serve 31 years to life in state prison after entering the home of a 86-year-old woman on May 2, 1984.

He was burglarizing the home when the victim returned home from grocery shopping, according to the district attorney’s office. Hammock confronted the victim and demanded money. He then tied her up and took her into the living room where he severely beat the elderly woman. The woman was not discovered for more than 24 hours. She died three weeks later. Hammock was identified by a fingerprint left at the scene, officials said. The board has previously found Hammock unsuitable for release and has denied him parole, according to the district attorney.

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