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Suspect in officer's stabbing released from prison

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POSTED September 11, 2012 9:28 p.m.


FRESNO  (AP) — Police say the man suspected of killing one woman and stabbing another woman and a police officer in Fresno had recently been released from prison.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at a news conference Monday that Michael Crockell was sentenced in October to three years in prison for domestic violence and released in March as part of Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment plan.

But officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dispute that claim. Corrections spokesman Luis Patino said Crockell served his full sentence in prison. He was released after six months, because a county judge gave him 807 days of credit. He was on probation with the county after his release.

"His being out in public had nothing to do with realignment," Patino said.

Police did not immediately return a call for comment.

Crockell is accused of stabbing an unidentified 46-year-old woman to death in a Fresno apartment on Monday morning and injuring her 20-year-old roommate, Jennifer Gonzalez. He also allegedly stabbed a responding officer, Jonathan Linzey, in the back of the head before he was subdued.

Police say Crockell and Gonzales had dinner hours before he broke into the women's apartment on Monday morning. Investigators have not established a motive.

Gonzalez and the officer were in stable condition.

 

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