Governor Newsom Again Reverses Parole for Convicted Murderer Jason Adam Greenwell
Author: District Attorney
9/15/2023 6:25:15 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Governor Gavin Newsom has for a second time reversed the Parole Board's earlier decision to release one of the five convicted murderers who brutally killed Dystiny Myers (15) in 2010.
On Thursday, September 14, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom granted District Attorney Dan Dow’s request for him to reverse the parole of Jason Greenwell, convicted of second-degree murder for the killing of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers in 2010. Greenwell was one of five defendants who were convicted for this crime. In his written decision, Governor Newsom stated, “[w]hen considered as a whole, I find the evidence shows that [Mr. Greenwell] currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison at this time.” To date, Mr. Greenwell has only served (nearly) 13 years, rather than the minimum 15-year sentence he would have served under the law that existed at the time of his conviction.
This was the second time the Parole Board has granted release to Mr. Greenwell and the second time Governor Newsom has reversed their decision. On July 27, 2023, District Attorney Dan Dow wrote a letter to Governor Newsom urging him to use his authority to once again reverse the Board of Parole Hearings' decision to allow Greenwell to be released on parole.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office routinely assigns a Deputy District Attorney to appear at scheduled parole hearings to represent the interests of victims and the People of the State of California. District Attorney Dow is committed to ensuring that the impact of the crime on the victims/survivors is not forgotten and is properly considered at every stage of the criminal proceeding, including post sentencing matters such as parole hearings.
To view the Governor’s written decision, click here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.
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