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San Mateo Man Convicted of Murder in 1988 Found Suitable for Parole

Ronald Moore was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in their San Mateo home.

A man convicted of murder nearly 25 years ago in San Mateo has been found suitable for parole, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office reported Tuesday.

Ronald Joe Moore, now 63, was sentenced to prison for 25 years to life in 1988 for the brutal beating and strangulation of his girlfriend in their San Mateo home on Nov. 10, 1986, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The beating lasted for hours and the victim endured "extreme pain and suffering," Wagstaffe said.

Moore denied the crime, though a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder June 7, 1988, after an 11-day trial. Moore was sentenced in August 1988.

On Friday, despite objection from the district attorney's office, a Board of Parole Hearings panel found Moore suitable for parole.

Before he can be released, Moore's case will go through administrative review at the Board of Parole Hearings in Sacramento, and then on to the Governor’s Office for review.

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