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Assemblyman Dan Logue works to keep serial killer out of Lassen County

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A large crowd of people  waits to be let inside of Jensen Hall where the Lassen County Board of Supervisors reconvened its Tuesday, Sept. 14 meeting. People were expected to attend the meeting to voice concern over the release of convicted killer, Loren Herzog, in Lassen County.

Sept. 15, 2010 — In an exclusive phone conversation at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, Assemblyman Dan Logue told Managing Editor Barbara France that after negotiating with Scott Kernan, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation undersecretary, accused serial killer Loren Herzog who is scheduled to be released on parole this month will not be “going to Doyle, Calif."

Logue said there are five important facts the public needs to know about the negotiations that are still ongoing about Herzog’s release. One, the state of California can’t keep him in prison.

“I tried to keep him there, but Herzog is not considered a sexual predator and the law states that only sexual predators can be held a year longer,” said Logue. “I am looking into this further.”

In the meantime, Herzog will be housed on state property outside of a Lassen County prison at a site set up for him. As Logue reminded the public, this is a temporary housing situation, because at some point Herzog will be allowed as a condition of his parole to live where he wants.

Most importantly, Logue said, “The man will be wearing an expensive 24-hour live GPS ankle bracelet. I want to emphasis live. We will know where he is at all times.”

The assemblyman, along with Assemblyman Ted Gaines (R-Roseville), who is seeking the District 1 Senate seat left vacant when Senator Dave Cox died this summer, are working to have Herzog be moved out of state to places such as Arizona or Texas, “anywhere but the state of California, but this will have to be approved by the courts,” said Logue.

Because Herzog will not be released in his last county of residence, the state of California is responsible to provide for his living expenses and any other bills associated with his new life outside of the prison system, Logue said.

Spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Luis Patino said Herzog’s conditions of parole not only included the GPS monitoring device but also curfew restrictions and a no contact list. Patino said he could not comment on who would be on the no contact list but normally that would be victim’s families. He would not say if it also included Herzog’s family.

Herzog along with his boyhood friend Wesley Shermantine, who is on California’s death row, were dubbed the “Speed Freak Killers” after a methamphetamine-fueled murder spree lasting 15 years. Herzog had three convictions overturned by an appeals court because of a bungled interrogation resulting in a reduced sentence. Only one conviction held, that of the murder of Cyndi Vanderheiden in 1998. Her body has never been found.

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