A man convicted of the 1993 beating death of a Bay Area software salesman in a Davis park will remain in prison for at least seven more years.
Timothy Wayne Wilson, 43, was denied parole following a six-hour hearing Wednesday before a Board of Parole Hearings panel at California State Prison, Solano. Commissioner Marisela Montes and Deputy Commissioner Ted Rich agreed to deny Wilson parole for a period of seven years after deliberating for more than an hour, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.
A Yolo County jury convicted Wilson of second-degree murder in 1994, and he was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison. Wilson was found guilty of savagely beating to death 46-year-old John Duncan O’Friel of San Bruno at a Davis park on July 8, 1993. Wilson then dumped O’Friel’s body in a rural area of Yolo County and took O’Friel’s car and personal property to the Bay Area, where Wilson lived. Wilson was arrested about a month later.
An accomplice, a 17-year-old Davis boy, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven appeared at the hearing on behalf of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. He argued against Wilson’s release based on his inability to take full responsibility for the murder and because he admitted being dishonest about the details of the crime.
O’Friel’s widow, Carol O’Friel, and five of the couple’s seven children attended the hearing.
Wilson will not be eligible for parole until January 2021.