Brandon Hein was originally sentenced to life in 1995 Agoura Hills slaying
A man imprisoned for 24 years following the slaying of a fellow teen in a backyard drug brawl that destroyed lives and rocked a community was granted parole late last month.
Originally sentenced to life in prison at 18 years old, Brandon Hein, now 42, is expected to be released from prison by summer 2020.
Hein and three other boys ranging from 15 to 18 were convicted for the 1995 murder of Jimmy Farris, who was 16 at the time. The murder was committed while the four attempted to steal cannabis from Agoura Hills resident Michael McLoren, then 17. Farris was present at the time.
The robbery attempt at McLoren’s Old Agoura home devolved into a deadly fight in which McLoren and Farris were stabbed several times. Farris, a young man just entering the prime of his life, died as a result of his injuries.
Hein, from Oak Park, did not commit the stabbing, but because the assault occurred during a felony robbery—the theft of McLoren’s cannabis—all four assailants were charged under California’s felony murder rule, which held accomplices to the same standard as the person who committed the actual killing.
Convicted of first-degree murder instead of manslaughter, the three oldest defendants—Hein, Tony Miliotti and Jason Holland—were sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jason’s brother Micah Holland, who was 15 at the time, got 29 years to life. Accomplice Chris Velardo who drove a getaway vehicle was tried separately, went to youth corrections and was freed in 2000. Miliotti reportedly was released last year.
Published: November 20, 2019
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