By Ross Farrow
News-Sentinel Staff Writer Lodi News-Sentinel
North State Assembly members Dan Logue, R-Linda, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, have introduced a bill that would protect counties from the sudden release of convicted felons into their communities.
Assembly Bill 44 was prompted by the parole of Loren Herzog into Lassen County earlier this year. Herzog was released on short notice to Lassen County law enforcement, prompting public outcry and protests throughout the small community.
Herzog served less than 10 years of a 14-year sentence that he received for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden, who vanished in November 1988. Her body has never been recovered.
“The recent parole of serial killer Loren Herzog demonstrated why it is so critically important for local law enforcement to have advance notice prior to parole,” Galgiani said in a news release.