Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Man convicted of 1989 murder denied parole

SUSANVILLE – A man convicted of a 1989 murder has been denied parole for the fourth time.


The Board of Parole Hearings denied parole to Oreno Baddie, 69, on March 9.


Baddie previously had parole hearings in in 2001, 2004 and 2008, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Richard Hinchcliff, who has appeared at all previous hearings to oppose parole for Baddie.


On May 14, 1989, Baddie shot and killed Cesario P. Martinez in the city of Clearlake.


Investigation reports by the Clearlake Police Department revealed that two days prior to the murder, Martinez obtained a stereo from Baddie that resulted in a disagreement over ownership of the stereo, and Baddie began threatening to kill Martinez.


Martinez, who was warned of the threats by an officer, did not take the threats seriously, and attempted to contact Baddie to resolve the dispute and calm him down.


When Martinez knocked on Baddie’s door to speak to him, Baddie retrieved a gun and confronted Martinez who was standing outside and was unarmed. Baddie told Martinez he was under citizen’s arrest and ordered him to lie on the ground.


When Martinez refused to lie down, Baddie shot him five times in the chest, lower back, thigh, forearm and wrist. Martinez died that day at the hospital.


Baddie later told investigators that he shot Martinez because he was afraid he would get away. It was reported that Baddie had been heavily using drugs and alcohol in the days preceding the shooting.


Baddie was convicted by a jury of second degree murder and personal use of a firearm on Jan. 8, 1990, and on Oct. 26, 1990, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge John J. Golden to a term of 17 years to life.


Hinchcliff attended the two-hour Lifer Hearing at the High Desert State Prison, located in Susanville, and asked the Board of Parole Hearings commissioners to deny parole for the reasons that Baddie had not attended any drug and alcohol rehabilitation classes during his 20 years in prison, and still presented an unreasonable danger to the public if released on parole.


The commissioners agreed and denied parole, stating that the crime was committed for a trivial reason, was committed in a callous manner, that Baddie had not made sufficient programming efforts in prison, and that he still presented a danger to the public if released at this time.


In addition, Baddie had consistently disregarded parole commissioners previous recommendations that he participate in drug and alcohol treatment.


Baddie’s next parole hearing will be in 2013.


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