LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court has thrown out an order freeing a three-strikes prisoner, citing his violent past.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/10TSIlm ) says the panel on Tuesday ordered a lower court to consider whether Steven Kaulick would be a danger to the public if released. A Los Angeles County judge last year reduced his sentence from 25 years to life to seven years, making him eligible for immediate release.
The reduction was made under Proposition 36, passed last year, which permits reductions for some prisoners whose third-strike crimes weren't violent or serious.
Kaulick was convicted in 2000 of false imprisonment of a woman at his home. But the appellate court says he had a violent past that included kidnapping his parents at gunpoint and that he committed misconduct in prison.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com