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Man denied parole in fatal 1978 bar shooting in West Sacramento

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a patron during a botched robbery at a West Sacramento bar in 1978 has been denied parole.

Douglas Bentley on Thursday was denied parole for the eighth time by a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. The hearing was held at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom.

On Dec. 2, 1978, Bentley and a co-defendant entered the 600 Club in West Sacramento intending to rob the establishment. During the botched robbery, bar patron Cecil Renfroe, 43, was shot and killed by Bentley, authorities said.

Bentley pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced in March 1979 to 25 years to life in prison.

Commissioners on Thursday concluded that Bentley, now 60 years old, posed a continued risk to public safety if released from prison. They cited his lack of insight into the crime, lack of interest in self-help services and many disciplinary actions while in prison as some of the reasons they denied his parole request, according to the DA’s office.

Bentley will be eligible for parole again in 10 years.