Update: Monday, March 29, 2:48 p.m.
The California Board of Parole last week deemed Jon Thomas Gregorich, 46, fit for parole from Corcoran State Prison after serving 26 years for beating a man to death outside a Visalia bar in 1994.
However, he is not yet free.
According to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation:
“(This) is a proposal, not a final decision. Gregorich (and all other inmates in his situation) must still go through a 120 day review period. The first 90 days are for the (Board of Parole Hearings) staff to re-review all of the facts of law and information presented before the board. The next 30 days will be for the Governor to review the case and he has the authority to uphold, reverse or modify the decision. He also can send it to the full board or decide not to take any action.”
On March 24, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release that Gregorich had been granted parole. However, the parole board said Monday that the DA’s statement wasn’t correct.
Three Men Convicted in the Homicide
In the early morning of May 5, 1994, outside the former Shagnasty’s bar, Gregorich and two other men, Leo Sisco and Rocky Rodrigues, beat an 18-year-old man to death after a brief altercation. A friend of the victim said that he was unrecognizable after the beating.
In 1995, Gregorich was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison. Sisco was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years-to-life. He received parole in 2015. Rodrigues was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years.
Under Senate Bill 118, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, inmates released on life parole can seek termination of parole requirements with the Division of Adult Parole Operations after 12 months.
This was Gregorich’s fifth parole hearing. A supervising Tulare County deputy district attorney argued against Gregorich’s inmate’s release at last week’s hearing.