Parolee Released Early Due to Overcrowding Kills in Home Envasion Robbery

Posted on December 28, 2011. Filed under: California State Budget, Crime, Parole, Public Safety Realignment |

Derrik Blanton had his parole revoked on 10/6/11 and was sentenced to 6 months in jail (jail instead of prison because of new public safety realignment law). His release date was supposed to be 1/6/12, but Butte County released early due to overcrowding (due to public safety realignment law). He is sought in the shooting of three people during a home invasion robbery. One died right away and another while at the hospital (unconfirmed.)

One Dead in Oroville Apartment Shooting (now 2 dead)
Published: 12/22 12:01 am
Updated: 12/22 5:17 pm

Oroville Police are searching for Derrik Blanton, who they say shot and killed one man and injured at least two others following a home invasion in Oroville.

It happened just before 8pm Wednesday night at an apartment complex on Mitchell Avenue. Authorities say Blanton went to the apartment, where he apparently knew the residents. An altercation erupted, and then Blanton fired six to ten shots.

A 48-year-old man was shot and killed. A woman was shot in the leg, and 58-year-old Charles Oberholtzer was shot in the chest and underwent surgery at Enloe Medical Center Wednesday night.

There may have been another woman, a fourth victim, who ran away but officers have not located her yet.

If you have any information on Derrik Blanton’s whereabouts, call Oroville Police.


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