A man convicted of soliciting his girlfriend, a friend, and a former neighbor to kill his estranged wife multiple times during a three-year span is scheduled for a parole hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Alan Frank Roark, 55, is expected to appear before a parole board 18 years after he was sentenced to 25 years to life on charges that he solicited people to help him carry out multiple plans to kill his former wife so he could have custody of their children. Though Roark reportedly drove with a neighbor on one occasion with gloves, a gun, and a 5-foot bag for a body, he never carried through with the plans.
Roark was arrested on Feb. 22, 1993, by Ontario police, after learning he had contacted multiple people to kill his wife.
Roark is being held at California State Prison, Solano. Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri from the Orange County District Attorney’s office is expected to appear at the hearing, where she will oppose parole, according to a statement released by the department.
According to authorities, Roark’s efforts to kill his wife began in 1989, when he asked his girlfriend at the time to kill the victim with rat poison. His girlfriend refused.
In January 1992, Roark approached a former neighbor and offered him a motor home, a boat, and $5,000 cash to kill his wife. The two men drove to a medical center to carry out the plan, but his wife did not show up for her appointment.
In May 1992, Roark then concocted a plan to shoot his wife in the parking lot of a Norwalk Sheriff’s station where they met to exchange custody of their children. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s statement, Roark and his neighbor drove to the station more than once carrying a gun, gloves and a bag, but never followed through.
Roark offered $10,000 to a friend who refused, and then offered him $5,000 to inject her with drugs to make her death look like an overdose, but the friend refused.
According to the District Attorney’s statement, the department opposes that Roark be released on parole because he has continued to deny the allegations, which were calculated, intentional and endangered the lives of the children.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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