Parole Denied, Reconsideration Won’t Occur Until 2017 Pursuant To Marsy’s Law

Lafayette Collins, another violent offender has been deemed unsuitable for parole and a new hearing until at least 2017 pursuant to Marsy’s Law in California.

Convicted Murderer In 1975 American Canyon Case Denied Parole

– Times-Herald

A convicted murderer in a 1975 American Canyon case was denied parole last week, according to a Napa County District Attorney press release Tuesday.

Lafayette Collins, 62, was denied parole after a Thursday hearing at Folsom State Prison.

Collins was convicted of the first-degree murder of George Casten, whose body was found by his wife on Sept. 15, 1975 on the floor of their American Canyon home.

Casten was hogtied with electrical cords, beaten in the face, and ultimately died of a coronary thrombosis secondary to trauma, the release said. Their home was also ransacked, and cans of change and a rifle were stolen.

Collins was later named as a suspect in the crime after his latent fingerprints were identified in 1984. At that time, he claimed to have never been in American Canyon, officials said.

Casten’s family members were present at the hearing to describe the impact of the crime on the family. Chief Deputy District Attorney Allison Haley also argued against Collins’ release “based upon his continued lack of remorse for the killing, his violent prior record, his refusal to provide a plausible recitation of his participation in the committing offense, the danger he presented to the community should he be paroled, and his vague and unrealistic parole plans,” according to the release.

The Parole Board denied Collins a release date until at least 2017, pursuant to Marsy’s Law passed by voters in 2008.