Crime, Fire + Courts

Parole denied in 2001 attempted murder

By From page A4 | October 27, 2013

A Board of Parole Hearings panel denied parole last week to a former Knights Landing man convicted of attempting to kill his wife, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Javiad Akhtar, 54, is serving a life sentence at the California Institution for Men in Chino for the 2001 incident, when Akhtar, in violation of a restraining order, broke into his estranged wife’s home and shot her with a BB gun when she returned home with her two children. He then struck her on the head with the gun and repeatedly stabbed her as the children looked on.

Akhtar took his two children from the home, reportedly threatening one of them when she asked questions about the attack. The injured woman was found about 12 hours later and ultimately survived her injuries.

A jury in 2002 found Akhtar guilty of attempted premeditated murder, torture, cutting a phone line, violation of restraining order and child abuse.

His release was opposed last week by Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Deputy District Attorney Jay Linden, who represented his office at Thursday’s parole hearing.

The two parole commissioners presiding over the hearing, Ali Tarrinnan and Richard Guerrero, agreed that Akhtar still poses a risk to public safety, citing the horrific nature of the crime and Akhtar’s lack of insight into his criminality, “as he continues to blame the victim, his children and the police for lying about him,” Reisig said in a news release.

Akhtar will be eligible for parole again in three years.

Lauren Keene

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