The family of a San Diego State University professor who was brutally murdered in a classroom over two decades ago is reaching out to the public for help in preventing the murderer from being released on parole.
Costas Lyrintzis and two other professors were murdered in 1996 during a Master Thesis defense at San Diego State University by a deranged graduate student who hid a gun in the room prior to the meeting so that he could ambush them.
The student believes there was a conspiracy against him to prevent him from getting his degree.
Ironically, the three professors had good news for him that terrible morning — they were going to approve him for a Master’s degree.
Prosecutors at the time felt they had an excellent chance to have the murderer executed.
Lyrintzis’ wife Deana and the other two widows agreed not to press for the death penalty in exchange for a promise by the prosecutors that the killer would serve three consecutive life sentences and never be released from prison.
The murderer agreed to the plea bargain to a life sentence without the opportunity of parole.
Deana and her daughter Sofia Lyrintzis learned that the killer of their husband and father is now asking the Governor of California for a commutation of his sentence.
“I have no words to describe my horror at this news when my daughter and I received a letter from the District Attorney letting us know about the plea for clemency from the killer of my husband and another 2 professors,” said Deana.
A petition has been organized and the family is collecting signatures against this commutation that they will present to the governor of California.
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Please, do not let this person free. He will negatevily affect the people’s life. They will live in fear and that is very hard.
My belated condolences to the family. I managed the instructional computer system at SDSU that Costas used for some of his classwork and knew him personally. He was a kind and wonderful man and his death hurt my heart. It also verified what I already knew – terrible things can happen to wonderful people. RIP forever, Costas.