District Attorney Dan Dow urges governor to overturn Parole Board decision to grant parole to convicted murderer Jason Adam Greenwell
Author: district attorney
Date: 12/22/2021 3:14:33 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow writes a letter to Governor Newsom urging him to exercise his authority to review and overturn a parole board’s decision last month to grant parole to convicted murderer Jason Greenwell over objections.
On November 18, 2021, a two-person panel from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Board granted parole to Jason Adam Greenwell (32). Greenwell was one of five defendants convicted in September 2010 of the vicious murder of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers in Nipomo.
A representative of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office along with members of Dystiny’s family attended the parole hearing by video and strongly opposed his parole due to the vicious nature of the crime and of the continuing danger to the community if released.
“When voters approved Proposition 57, they weren’t expecting it to allow a child murderer to be released from prison sooner,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “We will continue to defend Dystiny’s family and the safety of our community by urging the governor to reverse this reckless decision. Allowing a child murderer to be paroled before serving his full and fair sentence is the wrong message to Californians. “
Greenwell and his partners in crime tied up and savagely beat young Dystiny, then buried her in a shallow grave near Lake Santa Margarita. Before fleeing, they set his body on fire. Dystiny’s bound and burnt body was later discovered in the grave.
In 2013, Greenwell pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years in life imprisonment. At the time of his sentence, those convicted of murder were not eligible to receive “good time” credits for their sentence, but instead had to serve the full 15 years before a hearing to determine their eligibility for parole. Not only was Greenwell cleared for a qualifying hearing after just 11 years, but he was also granted parole by the Parole Hearings Board.
In 2016, Proposition 57 was passed, which provides that those convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, receive up to 1/3, or 33%, a reduction in their sentence. As a result, Greenwell was granted parole after serving only 11 years for his role in the murder, even though it was Greenwell’s first parole hearing since his conviction.
Three of the murderers, Ty Michael Hill, Frank Jacob York and Rhonda Wisto, are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. A fourth, Cody Miller, committed suicide in prison in June 2016.
A copy of the letter sent to the governor can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.
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