SACRAMENTO (AP) — A Yuba City man who was once known as the nation’s worst serial killer was again denied parole Monday after he admitted his guilt for the first time before the parole board.

Juan Corona said he murdered and mutilated 25 farmworkers four decades ago because they were trespassing in the orchards north of Sacramento, said Sutter County Assistant District Attorney Jana McClung.

Parole officials decided Corona can try again in five years, McClung said after the two-hour hearing. It was Corona’s seventh bid for parole from Corcoran State Prison.

Corona previously made incriminating statements to a prison psychologist but had never before acknowledged his guilt during a parole hearing.

“This is the first time that I’m aware of that he made that admission to the full board. He said it was trespassing and they were winos,” McClung said.

Corona, 77, has been diagnosed with dementia and mental illness.

No family members of his victims attended the hearing. Prosecutors said Corona targeted victims who had few relatives and likely wouldn’t be missed.

“We have had no contact with survivors for two decades now,” District Attorney Carl Adams said before the hearing. “The people who he killed were farm laborers who were itinerant. Most of them didn’t have relatives who could be contacted back in the ’70s at the time of trial.”

Four of the bodies have never been identified. The bodies of 14 of Corona’s victims were never claimed by family members after they were discovered in 1971.

Corona was tried in Colusa County and was found guilty of first-degree murder in January 1973 and received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Feb. 17, 1973. His conviction was overturned on appeal in 1978, and he won a new trial.

In 1982, Corona was again convicted of all 25 murders and sentenced to 25 life sentences.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)

Comments (13)
  1. nothingchanges says:

    This piece of sh#t should have been put to sleep years ago.

    1. blah says:

      I agree with you, if they let him out this time, they probably want to see double that before they put him to sleep forever.

  2. will says:

    Where’s justice?? Isn’t 25 people enough for the Death Penalty?

    1. nothingchanges says:

      will, This is California where the criminal’s have more rights than the victims.

      1. nothingchanges says:

        If this “sub human” pulled this kind of sh#t in a green belt state they would of strapped him in to O’l Sparky and lit his a$$ up.

      2. will says:

        You are absolutely RIGHT! I forgot. It’s California!!!!!

    2. J Paulson says:

      I believe his crimes and conviction occured during the time when CA death penalty and life without parole had been declared inhumane. He was given the maximum sentance available at the time Life, with the possibility of Parole.

      It was because of this type of case that teh death penatly and life without parole were reinstated … but of course so much red tape is in place, the death penatly isn’t being used. And no, once convicted, we cannot go back and increase his sentence.

  3. Patti says:

    If the stupid parole board decides to let him out, I say it become mandatory for him to live with members of that board. This guy should have been put out of all of our misery decades ago!! And he’s 77 years old, let him out to do what?? He has no marketable skills, so we would have to support him on the streets. The only thing he knows how to do is kill people!!!

    1. gna says:

      They should make it law now, parole boards should have to house prisoners for a year, before losing them on the public.

  4. Whew says:

    Wise choice boys.

  5. Whitey says:

    Living proof that the truth shall set you fr… uh, no.

    1. nothingchanges says:

      LMAO !!!!!!

  6. jackie says:

    This monster in the news again, this monster is inhuman, sorry to here he is still alive. If ever there was a reason for the death penalty he is one of the prime reasons, even God says to send these murderers to me , the onlyway to send them to God is to execute the worms.

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