Visalia man denied for parole in 1994 slaying

Angelo Morales was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend by stabbing him in the heart


VISALIA – A Visalia man who murdered his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend in 1994 was denied parole last week.

On Feb. 27 the parole board at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, Calif. denied parole for 43-year-old Angelo Morales of Visalia. In April of 1995, Morales was convicted of murder, carjacking, and robbery. On July 2, 1994, in Visalia, Morales stole an Oldsmobile sedan belonging to the victim, who was the ex-boyfriend of Morales’ girlfriend. As he was driving away, the victim saw him and jumped in the passenger side. The two began fighting in the car, exited through the driver side, and continued fighting in a neighbor’s yard. During the fight, Morales stabbed the victim in the chest, head, shoulder, and back. One of the stab wounds fatally lacerated the victim’s heart. The victim also had numerous defensive stab wounds on his lower arms.

He was sentenced to 26-years-to-life in prison. This was Morales’ second hearing and he is not eligible for another hearing until 2021 after receiving a three year denial by the parole board.

The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office routinely attends life parole hearings and a Supervising Deputy District Attorney argued against the inmate’s release in this case.

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