Visalia murderer denied parole in 1997 gang stabbing

Lucio Brito, 43, was convicted of the stabbing death of a 16-year-old at a Jack in the Box parking lot

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – A Visalia murderer who stabbed a man death in 1997 was denied parole earlier this month.

On March 13, the parole board at Centinela State Prison near El Centro, issued a 7-year denial for 43-year-old Lucio Brito, for stabbing a 16- year-old to death. 

At 1:32 a.m. on Oct. 5, 1997, Visalia Police officers were called to Kaweah Delta Hospital regarding a stabbing victim who had died following an attack in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box on Mooney Boulevard. Contact was made with a witness who stated Brito approached the victim in a friendly manner and reached to shake his hand. When the victim reached out, Brito grabbed him by the shoulder and began stabbing him. 

Brito then fled the area with another individual who was waiting for him. On Dec. 12, 2002, officers received a call from a family member of Brito’s, advising police that he wanted to surrender himself. Arrangements were made to fly Brito from Mexico City to Tijuana, where officers met him at the San Ysidro border crossing. Officers took Brito into custody and transported him back to Tulare County. 

In October 2004, Brito pleaded to second-degree murder with the special allegations that he used a deadly weapon and that the crime was for the benefit of a street gang. He was sentenced to 19 years-to-life in prison. 

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

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