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Rene Enriquez: the killer charming law enforcement in California

To the editor: Rene Enriquez may have an "air of authority," but I am stunned that this killer may be paroled. His criminal history is lengthy, and some of his crimes are heinous, both before and after he was affiliated with the Mexican Mafia. ("How a Mexican Mafia killer became a law enforcement darling," Feb. 15)

To his credit, Enriquez is helping law enforcement with valuable information, but that cannot undo his past. Today, in prison, many inmates are doing exemplary work in a variety of ways — will that move them closer to parole? Enriquez should be giving the authorities information, but he should also beg for forgiveness.

I am aghast at Enriquez's superstar notoriety. Many in law enforcement seem in awe of him. How sad.

Marlene Aragon, Aliso Viejo

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To the editor: Parole? Seriously? I don't believe in the death penalty, but for everyone's safety, people like Enriquez need to be locked up forever.

Like Gov. Jerry Brown, I believe in second chances. But Enriquez already had his chances. He was on parole, and then in jail, when he committed vicious, grisly crimes.

Now he has achieved status by worming his way into the good graces of law enforcement and the parole board. Apparently they don't realize that this intelligent, articulate psychopath has no conscience and never will.

Scott McKenzie, La Cañada Flintridge

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