Senate Republicans Urge Parole Board to Deny Release of Convicted Murderer

Steven John Burns Killed UOP Student in 1979
Friday, June 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and members of the Republican Caucus recently sent a letter to the California Board of Prison Terms Commissioner Arthur Anderson urging him to deny parole of convicted murderer Steven John Burns.

Mr. Burns received a sentence of 17 years to life in prison for the callous murder of 18-year-old University of the Pacific student Catina Rose Salarno in September 1979, and is scheduled for a parole hearing on July 13, 2016.

In the letter, Senate Republicans stated that, “Decades after the crime, Mr. Burns continued to harass his victim’s family and other inmates…To this day, Mr. Burns has not shown remorse for his actions nor has he appropriately recognized the behaviors that led to the death of the victim.”

“In the interest of public safety, Mr. Burns should not be released,” said Leader Fuller. “Mr. Burns has continued to display the same pattern of obsessive behaviors that led to the cold murder of a young woman whose life was tragically cut short.”

In 1990, Catina’s parents, Michael and Harriet Salarno, started an organization called Crime Victims United of California.

“I am grateful for, and humbled by, the efforts demonstrated by Senate Republicans, on behalf of my family.  Victims cannot fight the injustice of advance hearings alone.  I hope this encourages ALL victims to raise their voices in this regard.  My deepest gratitude to Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller.  We couldn’t do this without your support,” said Harriet Salarno, Chair of Crime Victims United of California.

Media can read the full letter HERE.