SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has reversed a decision to grant parole to a man who gunned down a San Diego police officer forty years ago.
It’s the fourth time that 57-year-old Jesus Cecena was denied release from prison after it was granted by a parole board.
Cecena was a 17-year-old gang member when Officer Archie Buggs stopped a car he was driving in 1978.
Authorities say Cecena shot Buggs five times, then killed the fallen officer with a final shot to the head at point-blank range.
A parole board granted his release in 2014, 2016 and 2017 but then-Gov. Jerry Brown reversed the decision each time after the San Diego County district attorney objected. Newsom did the same last week.
Overall, Cecena has been denied parole at least 13 times.