Tulare woman denied parole for reoffense

County of Tulare Courthouse in April 2022(Rigo Moran)

Prosecutors successfully argue against the parole of Annette Batten for assault she committed in 2021; Batten was paroled in 2017 after murdering husband in 1995

TULARE COUNTY – After serving 21 years in prison for murder, Annette Batten, 61, had gotten a second chance as she was paroled in 2017. But her time back outside of prison was short lived.

In a virtual hearing on June 27, prosecutors from the Tulare County of District Attorney’s Office successfully argued against parole suitability for Batten after she reoffended as a parolee. Batten is currently incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.

In 2017, over the objection of TCDA prosecutors, Batten was paroled after serving two decades in prison for the 1995 murder of her husband in Tulare. In that crime, Batten stabbed the victim as he tried to remove their children from their home during an argument. In 1996, she was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison.

After being paroled, Batten relocated to San Francisco. In 2021, Batten was involved in a DUI with a BAC of .22% but parole officers were never notified. In 2023, Batten assaulted a 71-year-old roommate with a “billy club” and caused bodily injury. She was referred to Parole Revocation Court, where she was placed back into the custody of CDCR for her propensity for violence, her inability to control her anger, her lack of impulse control and a substance abuse problem.

At the hearing this past June, commissioners stated that Batten had not sufficiently come to terms with her behavior. Pursuant to Penal Code 3000.1, a new hearing will be set within the year.

The Office of the District Attorney regularly attends parole hearings and a deputy district attorney argued against the inmate’s release in this case.

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