Non violent, non serious, non sex offender parolee now killer

Posted on January 17, 2009. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

information obtained from and the LA Times online.
In less than 48 hours after the horrific killing of a four year old innocent child in the Los Angeles Rampart Area of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police arrested NON-Violent offender parolee Howard Astorga age 25. State Prison number T70034. Astorga was arrested last night in the Hollenbeck area of Los Angeles. Astorga was under parole supervision for 11351 HS. ( Health and Safety Code- Possession of Illegal Drugs and 10851 VC. ( California Vehicle Code ) Operating a motor vehicle without owners consent. Astorga as per. parole records in a Diamond Street Gang member and his monikers are Little “D” , Mr. Howard and Dopey. Astorga was supervised at the Control Service Level of Parole Supervision and was classified as a NON-VIOLENT Criminal Offender. 

LAPD arrests suspect in killing of 4-year-old boy
3:43 AM, January 16, 2009

Los Angeles police detectives said they had made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old that took place this week south of Echo Park.

Roberto Lopez Jr. was walking with his sister from his home to a local community center when he was hit in the chest by a single gunshot…Investigators say at least one person on foot opened fire Tuesday afternoon on a red car driving south in the 1200 block of Court Street in what was believed to be a gang-related case….Los Angeles police identified Howard Astorga, 25, as the man arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting Roberto Lopez Jr. Astorga is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is currently on parole from state prison after being released in June. Police say he is a gang member whose past crimes include gun and narcotics possession. Police did not release the name of Astorgaʼs gang, saying gangs commit such crimes to gain notoriety… (Full text at

Astorga was supervised out of the Expo. 11 Parole Unit, Region 3.

The Governor and his staff want to release all non-violent offenders in mass onto the streets with no or limited (Summary Parole) supervision as a way to help balance the budget.

Just last week [DAPO] advised all District Administrators and Parole Unit Supervisors in Region 3 to review all active parole supervision cases and reduce classification scores even those that are documented gang members and associates. All were also advised to discharge as many active cases as possible from continued parole supervision. [DAPO] refused to put the directive in writing.


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