Murderer denied parole for 8th time

February 25, 2009 10:20:45 AM PST
A convicted murderer serving 26 years to life in prison for the 1980 stabbing death of a Sonoma County man has been denied parole for the eighth time, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Sonoma County district attorney's office.

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Roger Hill was convicted of first-degree murder in 1982 for the death of Ralph Currier, who was stabbed 17 times, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said.

"We are pleased with the decision of the State Parole Board to refuse parole in this case," Passalacqua said in a statement. "This was a terrible crime against an innocent victim. Inmate Hill continues to pose a risk to society and is not suitable for release at this time."

The victim's wife, a witness to the murder, was present at the hearing to oppose Hill's release, according to the district attorney's office.

Hill will be eligible for another parole hearing in three years.

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