John Zenc, who killed Redlands girl in 1977, denied parole

May Paula’s life always be remembered. She is one of our Redlands students who we must never forget, a young girl who inspired the creation of our Lifer Parole Unit. And inspired me to continue fighting even harder for our victims long after the criminals have been sentenced. We will always be there for victims and their families and be the gatekeepers for all those who have lost loved ones.
— District Attorney Mike Ramos

The Board of Parole Hearings Tuesday found John Zenc, 58, not suitable for parole, according to family members of the 15-year-old Redlands girl Zenc murdered in 1977.

Zenc raped, murdered and buried Paula Hernandez in an orange grove on Grove Street near Citrus Avenue on a Tuesday in March, 1977 when she was walking home from school.

He was sentenced to seven years to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 1977 for the murder.

Tuesday the board denied Zenc parole for another three years, according to family members.

“It was really a relief, just really a relief,” said Helen Reynoza, Paula’s mother, by phone after the hourslong hearing.

The board heard from Zenc and Connie Lasky, deputy district attorney with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s lifer unit.

“He is still blaming everybody,” Ruth Lopez, Paula’s sister, said by phone after the hearing. “He still hasn’t taken full responsibility of his actions.”

Lopez said Lasky was phenomenal.

“She explained everything to us in detail to where it was definitely easier for us to understand and she made us feel very comfortable,” Lopez said. “So (District Attorney) Mike Ramos definitely has a good person in the lifer unit.”

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