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Convicted Rapist To Be Paroled To Antioch; City Officials Upset

April 4, 1987

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) _ A man convicted of raping a runaway and cutting off her arms before leaving her on a rural road to die will be paroled here on April 25, and city officials are not happy about it.

Lawrence Singleton will be released from state prison after serving seven years and nine months for the 1979 assault on a 15-year-old girl, Robert Roenicke, field parole administrator, said Thursday.

Roenicke said the department frees convicts to the county where they last lived, and Singleton’s last known residence was San Pablo. Singleton did not want go to San Pablo, so he is being paroled to Antioch, a city of 50,000 which is also in Contra Costa County.

″I am opposed to this and so is the mayor,″ said Police Chief Len Herendeen said. ″But his time is up and he has the right to come out.″

Roenicke said Singleton has no job, friends or relatives in Antioch.

Singleton was sentenced in 1979 to 14 years and four months in prison. He earned an early release with credit for good behavior, involvement in a prison work program, and for the number of days he was in custody awaiting trial, Roenicke said.

State Assemblyman Phil Isenberg said he wrote a letter opposing the move to Daniel McCarthy, director of the state Department of Corrections.

″You can be assured that there will be vigorous opposition to releasing such a notorious person in this small community,″ he wrote.

Robert Gore, spokesman for the corrections department, said Thursday that McCarthy has not received the letter and could not comment on it.

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