FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who maimed and beat a homeless man in a vicious, unprovoked attack in a church parking lot in 2005 has been granted parole – although it may be years before he’s released from prison.
The Board of Parole Hearings announced Monday that Tyler Giugni was one of a handful of state prison inmates who had been deemed suitable for parole during the previous week.
Giugni is serving a life sentence for his role in the late-night attack on Joseph Pettaway, who was sleeping in his car in the parking lot of the Parkway Community Church, where he had previously taken refuge. Giugni was 19 when he and two of his friends drank heavily and went out walking late at night. When they came upon Pettaway, they pulled him out of his car and attacked him. The trio used a cellphone to make a video recording of their attack.
The attack left Pettaway with severe brain damage and unable to walk or stand on his own. He is unable to sit without assistance. Pettaway is unable to control his body functions, can only see shadows and lives in a convalescent home.
A panel of commissioners from the board held a parole hearing last week for Giugni at Avenal State Prison in the Central Valley. The hearing was attended by Giugni and his lawyer. They talked about his accomplishments, education efforts and religious faith that Giugni has developed since being imprisoned in 2009. Another panel that heard similar details in 2012 rejected Giugni’s parole bid.
Solano County Deputy District Attorney Karen Jensen attended the hearing. Jensen opposed Giugni’s request to be paroled. She also attended the 2012 parole hearing and has had Giugni on her prosecution caseload since his first crimes at the age of 12.
“He needs more time,” Jensen said Thursday, summarizing her reasons for opposing Giugni’s release.
Jensen said Giugni’s release will not be anytime soon and that the parole panel estimated it would be some time in 2019 when Giugni is released from prison.
Giugni was convicted in 2008 of aggravated mayhem. He was sentenced to 12 years to life. With credit for time served and for good behavior, he became eligible for parole for the first time in 2012.
In a 2013 court filing, Giugni said that when he is released from prison, he plans to live in Fairfield with his mom and dad, a retired Fairfield police captain, and get a job as a plumber in Vallejo.
The governor’s office has 120 days from the time Giugni’s parole was granted to overturn the parole panel’s decision.
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