Calif. prepares to parole man who warned of 'killing spree' when released

July 10, 1994|By The Orange County Register

SACRAMENTO, CALIF — SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- State prison officials are preparing to parole a mentally ill sex offender who said he would go on a "killing spree" when he got out.

David Stanley Lee, 45, was sentenced to 21 years in prison in 1983 after convictions in San Bernardino Superior Court for attempted murder, rape, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

But a state law granting one day of freedom for every day spent working at a prison job makes Lee eligible for release Friday -- despite objections from Lee's victim, the local district attorney and two state senators.

The victim, whom Lee raped and stabbed twice in the back, is shocked that he could soon be on the streets.

"He's a menace to society, I thought they were going to keep him in jail. I knew the day would come, but I'm not ready for it. I wouldn't want him to harm me again," said the San Bernardino woman, 38, an office worker.

Marilyn Kalvelage, an assistant to Deputy Corrections Director Robert Denninger, said Lee could be returned to prison for up to a year if a psychiatric evaluation finds him to be unstable or psychotic.

Dwight Moore, a San Bernardino County deputy district attorney, said an official at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, where Lee is being held, told him that Lee has been scheduled for a psychiatric evaluation and that his status would be available Tuesday.

State Correctional Agency spokesman J. P. Tremblay wouldnot provide details of Lee's pending release, other than to say that prison officials and psychiatrists were evaluating the inmate.

State law gives Gov. Pete Wilson the power to revoke the parole of any convict for cause. One cause cited in state regulations is a mental disorder that impairs a parolee's ability to function in the community or that makes the parolee a danger to himself or others.

But Mr. Wilson will not intervene in this case, said Sean Walsh, the governor's press secretary.

Though Lee's status remains unclear, prison and parole documents obtained by the Register indicate that paperwork for his release is moving through the system.

He has been assigned a San Bernardino-based parole agent, and the conditions of parole require him to submit to anti-narcotic testing, abstain from alcohol, attend a parole outpatient clinic and have no contact with the victim.

"Stay on top" of this case, is written on Lee's parole plan, dated June 30.

The paperwork describes Lee as having: "A lengthy history of mental illness, coupled with substance abuse and violence. Told psychiatrists (in 1983) he would go on a 'killing spree' when paroled."

A Nov. 23, 1993, prisoner evaluation diagnoses Lee as suffering "organic delusional disorder with paranoid features; polysubstance dependence; dementia; anti-social personality." It notes that he takes three powerful psychotropic drugs and suggests that he remain in a maximum security cellblock.

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