Murderer’s parole request shot down
soledad, calif. – A Visalia gang member was denied parole last week for his life sentence in the 1995 murder and attempted murder of two teens. Luis Rosa Amador, 44, was denied by the California parole board during an Aug. 4 hearing at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif. Amador received a three-year denial and is not eligible for another hearing until 2020.
The crime happened at about 10:30 p.m. on May 25, 1995 when four young individuals, two who were alleged members of a gang, were playing cards on the hood of a car in a carport in north Visalia. The teens heard a shotgun blast at two young men, ages 17 and 19, fell to the ground after being hit by the blast. The 17-year-old victim did not survive and the 19-year-old was wounded in the back. After the shooting, witnesses stated they were told by Amador and a co-defendant, Jessie Farias, that they had done the shooting. Amador was later found guilty by a jury of murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder with gang allegations. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Farias is currently incarcerated for his role in the crime.
This was Amador’s first parole hearing since being sentenced in 1996. The District Attorney’s Office routinely attends parole hearings and a Supervising Deputy District Attorney argued against the inmate’s release in this case.
Tuesday, Aug. 8
At 1:30 p.m. in the area of Giddings and Howard, patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. The suspect ran from the vehicle with a handgun in his hand. The officers chased the suspect on foot. During the chase the suspect fired the weapon at officers. One officer returned fire, striking the suspect, 39-year-old Franklin Donald Oden. Oden was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Friday, Aug. 4
At 3:34 a.m., in the 1600 Block of S. Mooney Blvd., officers responded to a check the welfare of a female who was sleeping in the flower bed. Upon arrival, officers discovered the woman, later identified as 45-year-old Linda Mae Mudge of Visalia, was dead and had suffered a gunshot wound. The Violent Crimes unit responded, and the case is currently under investigation. Any information you may have on this please contact Detective Sorensen at 713-4576, or at 498-STOP and you can remain anonymous.