A former Modesto man convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 was recently found unsuitable for parole, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Jessie Origel attacked John Tracey with an ax on River Road on Dec. 21, 2000.
Origel refused to go to the hearing, offering a stipulation that he could return for another hearing in five years. The Board of Parole Hearings listened to several of Tracey’s family members read statements on how they were coping with the loss. Deputy District Attorney John Baker argued for the denial of Origel’s proposed stipulation.
He cited Origel’s poor prison behavior, poor psychological report and unstable social history as reasons for rejecting any stipulation for less than a 10-year denial of parole. The board accepted Origel’s stipulation, so he will return before it in five years.