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Chelsea King Murder Suspect Broke Parole

Records obtained by The Associated Press show a convicted sex offender charged with killing a 17-year-old San Diego County girl could have been sent back to prison for violating his parole.

The records show parole officials found John Albert Gardner III was illegally living within a half-mile of a school in September 2007.

They decided to keep him on parole.

Had he been returned to prison, he could have been evaluated for commitment to a state mental hospital as a sexually violent predator. He also would have qualified for a lifetime of GPS tracking of his whereabouts.

Gardner pleaded guilty in 2000 to molesting a 13-year-old girl.

He pleaded not guilty this month to murdering Chelsea King in San Diego County and to the attempted rape of another woman.

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kpbslistener | March 11, 2010 at 8:22 p.m. ― 7 years ago

Check your facts. In late 2007, almost all registered sex offenders on parole were given parole violations for not conforming with Jessica' Law restrictions. To imply that Gardner should have been sent back to prison for this is grossly inacurate speculation. The California Department of Corrections knowingly placed parolees in housing units closer to areas than the law permitted. The Claremont hotel in downtown was one of the places parolees were ordered to live. The Claremont is close to Petco Park. I heard that the CDC was not inforcing the law because, although it passed in 2006, it was being litigated and still "up-in-the-air". Then, without warning, the CDC started issuing parole violations. Parolees were "written-up" and given 60 days to comply with the law or face imprissonment. Granted, I don't know the details of Gardner's violation. I do suspect he was caught up in the same CDC fiasco that affected all parolees subject to Jessica's Law at that time.
I sympathize with the King family and am saddened by their loss. It seems to me that more could have been done to prevent this tradegy considering the disappearance of Amber and the other attacks that were reported. Is Gardner guilty? From what I've seen in the media, he is and this story seems to me to be another piece of "evidence" against him. Are both sides represented in this trial? I think not. Let the witch trials begin...

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