Man convicted of 1985 Yolo County murder denied parole

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 - 5:07 pm

A man convicted of the 1985 beating death of a friend in Yolo County has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Kenneth Roy Stark was found guilty in May 1986 of second-degree murder for brutally beating his friend, Ronald Meyers, with a tire iron in June 1985, then leaving his body on the Yolo Causeway. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

On Tuesday, a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings determined that Stark, now 60 years old, would still pose an unreasonable risk to the public if he were released from prison, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto submitted a letter of opposition to Stark’s release, stating that “Stark poses a threat to any community should he be released form prison and the only way to protect society from his unpredictable violent behavior is to keep him incarcerated.”

Stark will be eligible for a new parole hearing in 2019.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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