Sentenced to life in prison, Sassounian had been repeatedly denied parole until December, when the state Board of Parole Hearings recommended his release from San Quentin. The board said Sassounian, traumatized by horrific warfare in his native Lebanon as a child, had accepted responsibility for his crime, shown remorse, and participated in numerous treatment and job-training programs in prison.
Brown, who as governor can override the decisions of his appointed parole board, has accepted its grants of parole about 80 percent of the time, far more often than previous governors. But he said Monday that he believes Sassounian would still pose
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