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Parole Denied For Man Who Sparked California Victims' Group

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UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: (AP) — California parole officials are rejecting the release of a killer whose crime led to the creation of one of the state's best-known crime victims groups.


Original Post: (AP) — California parole officials are considering whether to release a killer whose crime led to the creation of one of the state's best-known crime victims' groups.

Harriet Salarno founded Crime Victims United of California after her 18-year-old daughter was fatally shot by her former boyfriend on her first day at the University of the Pacific in Stockton in 1979.

A parole panel was hearing arguments Wednesday over whether 55-year-old Steven Burns should be freed from Valley State Prison in Chowchilla for killing Catina Rose Salarno.

Catina's sister, Nina Salarno, says the family created the organization to try to balance a criminal justice system they feel too often forgets about victims. She is a former prosecutor who now heads the crime victims' group.