SANTA ANA – Patrick Che McCauley will have to wait another five years for a chance at parole.
The former Santa Ana gang member convicted of murder for the drive-by shootings of two teens returning home from a church carnival in 1987 agreed Tuesday to try again in 2017 after admitting to a parole board that he had no chance to win release now.
McCauley conceded that his parole would be denied based on his recent disciplinary history while incarcerated, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche was present at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo to oppose McCauley’s release before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
In a letter of opposition to McCauley’s release, the D.A.’s office said he should stay behind bars for “recently accrued prison rules violations that include possession of a controlled substance for distribution, inappropriate sexual behavior, job-related theft, out of bounds, misuse of inmate telephones, possession of inmate manufactured alcohol, participation in a riot, and avoiding attendance at work.”
McCauley was 19 years old when he and two other gang members were arrested for the shotgun slayings of Enrique Arceo, 13, and Jesus Perez, 17, in Santa Ana on Oct. 30, 1987.
McCauley, now 44, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced in February 1992 to 37 years to life in state prison.
McCauley was driving around Santa Ana looking for gang members to shoot in retaliation for an ongoing rivalry when a fellow gang member, Mario Tirado, who was sitting in the passenger seat, gunned down Arceo and Perez as they were heading home on bicycles from the church carnival, according to prosecutors.