The union that represents Los Angeles police is fuming over the case of 34-year-old Omar Armando Loera, the man recently named as a suspect in what authorities described as a brutal murder of a bride-to-be in Valley Village. The union is mad because, it states, Loera has a long criminal record and was “released early from prison” like thousands of other inmates who have taken advantage of the state's parole reform.
Thirty-four-year-old Cheree Ozmanhodzic (the victim and suspect shared the same birthday) was killed in her home July 24, right before the residence was set ablaze in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime. The Armani saleswoman was making preparations that day for her upcoming wedding. Her fiancé actually came across a suspect leaving the house and chased him down the street.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League also notes that the at-large Loera probably isn't too lonely as a parolee on the lam. Only 15 percent of parolees at-large are captured, the union states.
“For the past several years, we have been warning the public and elected officials about the dangers presented to public safety by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) early release program, which in essence, commutes prison sentences and releases thousands of dangerous inmates early to the streets,” states LAPPL president Paul M. Weber. “Compounding the public safety danger of the various early release programs, these inmates are sent to local communities without any supervision, notification to local police agencies of their arrival, and with no ability to return the former felons to prison absent the conviction of a new crime.”
In fact, the union states, Loera is one of 13,000 parolees that haven't been accounted for.
Of course, as we noted, Gov. Schwarzenegger actually said of the state's money-saving “non-revocable parole” plan, “There is no prison releases at all.”
As we've been reminded a few times, some bad guys have been let out arguably early.
Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.