Here’s your “reform”: Paroled murderer accused of committing another murder shortly after parole ended

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LOS ANGELES, CA – According to reports, an elderly man that was convicted of murder back in the 1980s, and paroled after spending decades in prison, was recently arrested for allegedly killing a woman shortly after completing his period of parole.  

Police allege that 67-year-old Eddie Allen Harris stabbed a woman to death on March 23rd, mere weeks after his parole was terminated by the state.

According to the LAPD, officers responded to the area of E. 59th Place and South Main Street at approximately 5:30 a.m. on March 23rd, where they found the body of a woman in an alley with lacerations all over her body.

While it is unclear what led authorities to arresting Harris for the offense, records indicate that he was taken into custody on April 8th and is being held in jail under a $2 million bond.

Back in 1982, Harris was convicted of raping and stabbing a woman to death in Los Angeles County. At the time of his conviction, Harris was reportedly sentence to 15 years to life in prison for the offense.

In 2018, Harris was granted parole after serving roughly 36 years behind bars for the 1982 murder. Approximately three years after his release, the state head ended Harris’ period of parole.

Authorities say that in less than a month after Harris is parole conditions were terminated, the 67-year old-convicted murderer allegedly committed another murder.    

California District Attorneys Association Legislative Director Larry Morse says that the arrest of Harris is emblematic of the dangers that even elderly inmates can pose to society when being granted parole:

“There’s just too many awful examples of people who commit horrible, egregious crimes in later years. It’s an appalling story.”

Morse is concerned that incidents like this may become more prevalent in the future, mainly due to California having recently changed state law which has reduced the elderly parole eligibility to the age of 50 years old:

“A lot of criminals are still very active and very capable of inflicting unimaginable pain and suffering on people after 50 years of age.

“There is a headlong rush in Sacramento to pass any and everything that can be characterized as criminal justice reform. The fact of the matter is a great deal of what is coming out of Sacramento these days is not reform, it’s reckless.”

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has not provided any comments regarding what circumstances Harris was paroled for back in 2018, citing that commenting on the matter could potentially interfere with the ongoing homicide investigation.

Reports indicate that Harris will be arraigned on May 17th.

This is an ongoing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Law Enforcement Today recently reported on a murder committed in New York that was allegedly committed by a man recently released from prison. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SYRACUSE, NY – An 11-month-old girl was shot and killed, with two other children reportedly injured, in a shooting incident that occurred in Syracuse on April 11th, according to reports.

Officials were said to have taken a 23-year-old male suspect into custody regarding the fatal shooting.

Syracuse Police Investigative Bureau Chief Derek McGork revealed during a press conference held on April 12th that the incident occurred at approximately 6:51 p.m. on April 11th.

Desiree Seymore and a friend of hers were driving to a grocery store prior to the incident, with Seymore’s 11-month-old daughter Dior Harris riding in the back seat along with Seymore’s friend’s two girls, ages four and eight, when bullets tore through the rear of the vehicle on Grant Ave near Bellevue Elementary.

Baby Dior Harris was fatally shot during the incident, with the two other young girls having been non-fatally shot. Officials say that the four-year-old and eight-year-old girls are expected to fully recover.

When speaking about the loss of her daughter, Seymore stated:

“She was just a baby… She was so strong. She didn’t even cry when it happened, but we lost her.”

Dior would’ve turned 1 on April 29th.

Authorities were said to have arrested 23-year-old Chavez R. Ocasio in connection with the fatal shooting.

Records show that the suspect is currently being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center, and has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a firearm and a parole violation.

Court documents from the suspect’s arraignment that was held on the morning of April 13th mentioned video surveillance footage that showed five gunshots that emanated from the driver’s side of a blue 2003 Honda Accord. Said vehicle is reportedly registered to Ocasio.  

The suspect has reportedly pleaded not guilty during his arraignment held on April 13th.

The now-23-year-old suspect is the same Chavez Ocasio that was arrested for the non-fatal shooting of a 13-year-old back in July of 2014. In that 2014 case, authorities alleged that Ocasio shot 13-year-old Nyair Hall in the head with a shotgun following an argument.

Regarding the recent case, authorities have not revealed whether this was a targeted incident and if the suspect and victims were at all familiar with each other prior to the shooting.

Onondaga Community College, where Ocasio was a student working on obtaining his degree in Business Administration, had previously featured articles praising him on his work to change his life. 

The community college has since deleted from their website and Facebook all mentions of Chavez Ocasio.

However, we at Law Enforcement Today were able to locate an archived version of the college’s article titled “Student’s Remarkable Comeback Story” – which was written two months prior to the fatal shooting in Syracuse. 

The deleted article that has been archived referenced Ocasio’s time in prison following the shooting from 2014: 

“At age 17 Ocasio was sentenced to 5 years behind bars. During his first year of incarceration he earned his GED and decided he wanted to one day pursue a career in business. His mother helped him by sending him business-related books while he was incarcerated.

“Ocasio started taking classes at OCC one year ago. Last fall he was inducted into the College’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He’ll earn his degree this December.”

Ocasio was also featured on OCC’s “Student Spotlight” back in November of 2020. An archived version of that report can also be viewed here

This is a developing investigation.

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