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Parole Board Holding Hearing For Convicted Murderer, Victim’s Family Seeks Denial

A woman who assisted in a cold blooded murder has a parole hearing next week, and the victim’s family wants help convincing the parole board not to set the convict free. In 1998 Paul Smith and two other people, including Paul’s sister Lori Smith, spent several days torturing 20-year-old Lora Sinner by beating her with a chili can and a dent puller until she died. The murder occurred while the four of them were camping in the Clear Creek area. While in Shasta County Jail Smith tried to kill a correctional officer. In 2002 smith was sentenced to die, but that was overturned by the state supreme court. The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office opted not to go the considerable expense of an uncertain retrial, so Smith’s sentence was reduced to life without parole. The other two people involved were convicted of being accessories to murder. Next Wednesday Lori Smith has a parole hearing. Lora Sinner’s brother is pushing for a denial. A sample letter and the appropriate fax number are on the KQMS Facebook page for anyone who wants to help petition against the release of Lori Smith.