Fresno County killer gets parole after more than 20 years

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The Board of Parole Hearings [BPH] granted parole to Susan Lee Russo on Thursday, a Fresno County woman convicted of murdering her husband.

Russo was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but last year, Gov. Jerry Brown commuted her sentence to 25 to life.

The two-member panel granted Russo parole over the objections of her daughters and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, the DA’s Office said Friday.

She was convicted in 1995 after a jury trial found her guilty of the first‐degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder of her husband — Senior Chief Petty Officer David Russo.

“Her two kids were asleep in the house. She had her boyfriend and the other individual come into the house in Riverdale. She let them into the house and Mr. Russo was shot in the back of the head and killed,” Assistant District Attorney Steve Wright said last year.

In a letter to BPH by the trial judge, Judge Ralph Nunez said that Russo “should never be released on parole” and hoped the governor’s office felt the same way, the DA’s Office said in a statement.

Russo is now 63 years old.

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