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Parole denied man sentenced for gang-related slaying in West Sacramento

A man imprisoned for a 1992 gang-related slaying in West Sacramento has been denied parole.

Harold Rigsby, 38, was denied release at a parole hearing Thursday at RJ Donovan State Prison in San Diego. This was his third denial of parole, according to Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Dec. 14, 1992, Rigsby and several identified members of the Broderick Boys street gang met at a home of a young woman. Rigsby told authorities that they lured 23-year-old Pierre Fortier to the home because he had made disparaging remarks about the Broderick Boys. After beating Fortier, Rigsby shot and killed him with a sawed-off shotgun.

Rigsby pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

He had been housed at Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit at maximum custody because of his validation as a member of the Northern Structure prison gang, authorities said. In August 2010, he disassociated himself from the gang and was later transferred to RJ Donovan State Prison in San Diego.

Commissioners found that Rigsby had made progress in the last four years. But they determined that he was not suitable for parole because of the offense committed, his prior criminal activity, unstable social history and his poor record while in prison, including his gang affiliation, according to the District Attorney’s Office.