A convicted murderer was denied parole Friday by the Board of Prison Terms, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office announced today. Roger Lee Hill was convicted in 1982 of first-degree murder for the 1980 killing of 47-year-old Santa Rosa resident Ralph Currier. “We’re pleased this murderer was denied parole,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.
Ravitch said the victim’s spouse still lives with the memories of Hill’s “vicious attack” on her husband. Hill stabbed Currier to death in the couple’s home. Prosecutors said a 23-year-old Hill entered the couple’s mobile home in the early morning of Nov. 23, 1980 with the intention of burglarizing it. Currier’s wife happened upon Hill when she got up from bed to use the bathroom and screamed after he pushed her to the ground.
Currier woke and confronted Hill, who stabbed Currier 17 times in the front and back of his body. Currier later died at the hospital. Prosecutors said the board found Hill still poses an unreasonable risk of harm to the community. Hill will not be eligible for parole for three more years, but he can petition the board to consider parole after 18 months, prosecutors said.
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