Jason Greenwell, convicted of murder, gets parole after family and district attorney’s objection

Author: district attorney

Date: 11/19/2021 4:57:27 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow is responding to the parole board’s decision to grant parole to convicted murderer Jason Greenwell over objections.


Yesterday, a two-person panel from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Board granted parole to Jason Adam Greenwell, 32, one of five defendants convicted of the September 2010 murder of Dystiny Myers, 15, in Nipomo.

Greenwell and his partners in crime tied up and savagely beat young Dystiny, then buried her in a shallow grave near Lake Santa Margarita. Before they fled, they set it on fire. Dystiny’s bound and partially burned body was later discovered in the grave.

It was Greenwell’s first parole hearing since his conviction. Greenwell, 20 years old at the time of the crime, was not disciplined in prison.

Dystiny’s family members watched the parole hearing by video and strongly opposed his parole. A representative from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office attended the hearing and expressed a strong objection to Greenwell’s release due to the vicious nature of the crime and the continued danger to the community if released.

“I strongly disagree with the parole board’s decision to release Mr. Greenwell to our community after serving only 11 years for such a shocking crime,” District Attorney Dan Dow said. “My office will aggressively call for a review and repeal of the Parole Board’s decision in this matter.”

In 2013, Greenwell pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years in life imprisonment. At the time of his conviction, those convicted of murder did not receive any “good times” credit. This means Greenwell had to serve a 15-year sentence every day before he was even considered for parole. In 2016, Proposition 57 was passed, which grants those convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, up to 1/3 or 33% reduction in their sentence. As a result, Greenwell was granted parole after serving only 11 years for his role in the murder.

Three of the murderers, Ty Michael Hill, Frank Jacob York and Rhonda Wisto, are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. A fourth, Cody Miller, committed suicide in prison in June 2016.

The district attorney will seek a review and overturn of the parole board’s decision directly from Governor Gavin Newsom.

Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.

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