Governor Newsom Reverses Parole for Kaylee Ann Weisenberg who killed CHP Officer
Author: District Attorney
5/3/2023 2:00:17 PM
After DA Dow urged in writing, Governor Newsom has reversed the Board of Parole Hearings' earlier decision to release Kaylee Ann Weisenberg who was convicted and sentenced to prison for the 2010 brutal killing of California Highway Patrol Officer Brett Oswald (48).
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Governor Gavin Newsom has reversed the Parole Board's December 2022 decision to release Kaylee Ann Weisenberg from prison. In March 2023, District Attorney Dow submitted a letter to Governor Newsom urging him to reverse the decision to release Weisenberg on parole because the District Attorney believed that Ms. Weisenberg still remains a dangerous threat to public safety.
"I am grateful for Governor Newsom’s decision to reverse the Board of Parole Hearings’ decision,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “We agree with the Governor’s conclusion that Weisenberg currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison at this time.”
The Governor's letter announcing the reversal may be viewed here.
On August 5, 2011, Weisenberg was convicted by jury of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for her June 2010 killing of California Highway Patrol Officer Brett Oswald (48). In April 2012 she was sentenced to serve 15 years to life in state prison. At the time of her sentence, individuals convicted of murder received no “good time” credits. Meaning, Weisenberg was required to serve every day of 15 years prior to even being considered for parole. In 2016 Proposition 57 was passed which provides individuals convicted of violent crimes, such a murder, up to a 1/3, or 33%, reduction in their sentence. As a result, the Board of Parole Hearings granted Weisenberg release on parole after she only served 12 years for her murder conviction. However, today, Governor Newsom has reversed the grant of parole. Weisenberg will be eligible for another hearing for parole consideration at a future date.
For a summary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation life-inmate parole suitability review process click here. Click here to view a copy of Officer Oswald's photo. Click here to view a copy of the defendant's photo.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.
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