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Calif. Parole Officials Dropped Warrant for Top FBI Fugitive

November 29, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of FBI.
Photo courtesy of FBI.

Jose Luis Saenz had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list since 2009, with a $100,000 bounty and his face in post offices across the United States before he was captured last week.

But amid the international hunt for Saenz — also known as "Peanut Joe Smiley," among other aliases, authorities say — California parole officials dropped their warrant for his arrest and dismissed the alleged killer and Mexican drug cartel associate from parole.

California "no longer had jurisdiction over Saenz," agency spokesman Luis Patino said Wednesday. He cited a 2009 state law, meant to reduce prison crowding, requiring nonviolent felons to be placed on unsupervised parole and not returned to jail unless convicted of a new crime.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

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Comments (10)

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chuck @ 11/29/2012 3:37 PM

How could he be a non violent felon ? He murdered 2 people

WebEdPaul @ 11/29/2012 4:20 PM

@chuck Good question. Actually, Saenz is accused of 4 murders.

DEADMAN @ 11/29/2012 4:26 PM

The California Adult Parole Authority is on the take and the feds are lookinging the other way,i guess you could say,they're on the same page.Just call this The Federal and The Felonius.Other than this magazine,it probably won't be front page news for the media.It looks like the Cartels have a branch in the Parole Authority,boy,i'm glad i don't live in California.

Tom ret @ 11/29/2012 4:47 PM

I'm usually in favor of due process, however, in this case the subject should have been hrt-hung right there.

Frank @ 11/29/2012 4:54 PM

So the California Adult Parole Authority is now The California Cartel Adult Parole Authority ? Will it was only a matter of time before Cartel money found its way into an American's pocket.

Joe @ 11/29/2012 9:57 PM

Actually instead of blaming Parole, blame Governor Jerry Brown who signed the Prison Re-Alignment act into law. Under this act it has nothing to do with what he is suspected of, but if he was on Parole for a non-violent, non-sexual offense they had to release him from parole, just as they said it is the law in California now. This was thought up, designed and implemented by Gov. Brown to ease the crowding in the prison system and take the burden off the parole agents caseloads. It is also known as AB109.

Bob @ VA @ 11/30/2012 6:35 AM

Blame the parole board, but also blame the morons who voted for Jerry Brown - a old, brain-dead hippie. You get that for which you vote. Congratulations, CA! Enjoy the murderers and rapists walking your progressive streets.

S.S @ 11/30/2012 6:48 AM

Plenty of blame to go around for this b.s. California has some serious issues. No damn wonder it's riddled with crime. The prosecutors and parole boards and probation officers are afraid of their own damn shadows. Man Up!

John @ 12/1/2012 1:33 AM

Mr. Saenz and others like him should be locked up in the California governor's mansion or the state legislative building.

CJ @ 4/7/2017 8:21 AM

For all of you who are so smart but don't have a real clue as to what really goes on....Gerry Brown is not the founder of AB109, Arnold Schwartznegger is!!! Get your facts straight before you go online and make a total idiot of yourselves. Go back to 2007 when an inmate filed suit against CDCR for overcrowding that resulted in an increase in suicide deaths. The three judge panel that was replaced the secretary with a "Receiver", who went into CDCR and cleaned house. Schwartz refused to follow inst's given by the 3 judge panel and decided to put the "R" on CDC as a solution to the overcrowding.....CDC then became CDCR. This war went on between Schwartz and the panel until he left office and Gerry came in and took over. AB900 and AB109 were both a result of this case that started in 2007 because of the medically incompetent staff in then CDC. I was a counselor at California Institution for Men (CIM) in 2009 when the riot took place and when Schwartz decided to shut down all the programs.

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