MODESTO — A Modesto man who killed his wife after an argument over beer and drugs has been denied parole again. Martin Guillory was found unsuitable for parole at a hearing Wednesday of the State Board of Parole Hearings at Soledad State Prison.
On Jan. 8, 1988, after spending the evening alone in his garage smoking rock cocaine and drinking alcohol, Guillory murdered his wife, JoAnn, in their home by stabbing her 19 times, according to a news release Friday from the Stanislaus County district attorney's office. The slaying occurred after a bitter argument over his spending his paycheck on beer and rock cocaine rather than buy food and paying bills.
Guillory fled the home, went to the Bay Area and turned himself in to authorities after smoking more rock cocaine. The Guillorys had been married 10 years and had four children, who were asleep in their home when the crime was committed.
Guillory was convicted of second-degree murder in 1988 after a jury trial and was sentenced to 16 years to life.
Deputy District Attorney Robert J. Taro argued before the board that because of the "shocking violence of the crime" and "monstrous injustice done to his wife," Guillory presented an unreasonable risk of violence to the people who live and work in the community.
Guillory had most recently been denied parole in 2010. He will be scheduled for another hearing in 2015.