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Parole denied West Sacramento man convicted in 1984 strangling

A West Sacramento man convicted of second-degree murder in a 1984 slaying has been denied parole.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Board of Parole Hearings panel on Thursday denied parole for Kevin Bruce. The hearing took place at California State Prison, Solano.

Bruce was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for the killing of Marion Cantor. In a planned robbery, Cantor was lured by a friend to a motel room, where two other people, one of whom was Bruce, strangled him with cords, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release. They later dumped his body and sold his jewelry.

The District Attorney’s Office argued that Bruce’s continued refusal to admit any responsibility for the murder, failure to adequately work on his suitability for release as directed at his 2011 parole hearing and poor parole plans made him a current risk to the community if released.

Bruce, 52, will not be eligible for parole until November 2019.

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