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California Governor Weighs Parole for Killer in Controversial LAPD Lecture

February 02, 2015  | 

Convicted Mexican Mafia "shot caller" Rene Enriquez, 52, was at the center of a public controversy this week when Los Angeles police drew criticism for arranging a meeting in which he gave a lecture to a private group of local business leaders and some law enforcement officials. Records show his close relationship with law enforcement goes well beyond Wednesday's event in downtown Los Angeles and has helped the former member of the Mexican Mafia make a bid for freedom.

A state parole board recently decided that Enriquez should be released, despite concerns expressed by a prosecutor, according to records obtained by The Los Angeles Times. Enriquez's fate is now in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has about three more weeks to decide whether he should be freed.

Enriquez's request for parole included letters by officials from 11 law enforcement agencies who said he had helped with investigations and prosecutions, according to a transcript of his Sept. 25 parole hearing. The letters praised Enriquez's work but only one specifically suggested that the board consider granting him parole.

But a Los Angeles County prosecutor who spoke at the hearing asked commissioners to consider whether Enriquez was manipulating them. Deputy Dist. Atty. Joseph Shidler told the parole board that Enriquez had "one of the worst criminal histories that I have ever seen."

In the 1990s Enriquez was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of two people: a Mexican Mafia member who had run afoul of the group for running away from a gunfight; and a drug dealer whom Enriquez accused of stealing drugs from him.

Comments (3)

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kevCopAz @ 2/2/2015 5:03 PM

These types of situations are what causes me to NOT support the ending of the Death penalty. The proponents say that we should not put anyone to death, give them life in prison. Then years later the same types say oh he served enough, let him go.

Darknight417 @ 2/3/2015 9:40 AM

Unbelievable...I have been to some lectures with Enriquez speaking. I give him credit, he speaks well and gives great insight to the Mexican Mafia whether it be intelligence or helping with investigations. However, he is still a murderer with questionable intentions if he is released. The law enforcement community needs to stop treating him like a celebrity, and keep him locked up.

Jay Estrada @ 2/7/2015 11:46 AM

I agree with Darkknight. Someone who has an opinion can share their opinion. It reminds me of when cop killers or similar scumbags speak at a college or some other venue and law enforcement speaks out or condemns it. Law enforcement needs to condemn this man and any other person who has lived as similar violent life. The worst thing I saw was a room full of law enforcement officers applaud and react to this guy as a hero. Dispecable behavior. I don't thing Tookie Williams would have received the same treatment.

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