Parole has been denied for a 39-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for firing into a crowd and killing a 17-year-old boy during a west Modesto gang confrontation more than two decades ago.
Aelam Khensanphanh of Modesto on Jan. 30 was found unsuitable for parole. Deputy District Attorney Randy Fischer argued for continued confinement, telling the parole board that Khensanphanh continues to be a danger to the public.
Khensanphanh fired six shots into a crowd, hitting Terry Beech in the back of his head as he was trying to run away, prosecutors said.
Beech’s mother, Christine Warren, attended last week’s hearing and asked the parole board to keep Khensanphanh in prison. The board agreed with Warren and the prosecutor. Khensanphanh will be eligible for parole again in 2019.
The shooting occurred March 12, 1993 near Pelton and Colorado avenues in west Modesto.
Court records indicate that Khensanphanh and other members of the Killer Roselawn Boyz were in a confrontation with the Westside Familia gang over crossing out each others’ graffiti. The gangs exchanged racial insults for 15 minutes before Khensanphanh, 19 at the time, pulled out a handgun and shot Beech, who was reportedly a Westside Familia supporter.
Khensanphanh was sentenced to 29 years-to-life in prison on Feb. 8, 1994.