January 10, 2013 6:39 AM

Parole granted in 1988 Modesto murder case

A Modesto man convicted of murder in the 1988 brutal beating and robbery of an elderly transient man has been granted parole after serving 23 years in prison. George Salter, 53, was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the death of 70-year-old Thomas Owen. The victim was robbed of about $100.

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