Tracy Wins the Fight to Keep Convicted Killer Out of Town

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The Tracy Police Department and San Joaquin County law enforcement officials successfully worked through every legal channel to stop the release of convicted felon Loren Herzog into the City of Tracy. The residents of Tracy and San Joaquin County also succeeded in making their opposition known to public officials at all levels. Today, the Tracy Police Department was notified that Mr. Herzog’s release will be delayed until some yet to be determined date. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed that Loren Herzog will not be released this weekend as previously scheduled nor will he be released into the City of Tracy.

The Tracy Police Department and San Joaquin County law enforcement officials successfully worked through every legal channel to stop the release of convicted felon Loren Herzog into the City of Tracy. Responding to recent developments announcing the postponement of Mr. Herzog’s release originally scheduled for early next week into Tracy, Mayor Brent Ives said, “We are pleased to learn this afternoon that Mr. Herzog will not be placed in the City of Tracy. I am proud of the way our community members joined in a titanic effort to oppose the planned placement of Mr. Herzog in our town. Together, we have successfully prevented Mr. Herzog from being placed among us.”

Herzog was sentenced by a 2001 jury for the murder of three people, one of whom has relatives living in San Joaquin County. Later, the 6th District Court of Appeal overturned the murder convictions, resulting in a plea bargain that reduced the charges to manslaughter. Herzog was serving the terms for manslaughter and had been scheduled for release on parole this Sunday, July 24 until today’s developments postponed the release.

When asked to comment further, Mayor Ives stated, “I am extremely satisfied with this decision. We were adamantly opposed to having Herzog released into our community. We supported the Tracy Police Department’s legal efforts to stop his placement in Tracy, and we pursued every remedy available to us.”

At approximately 4:00 pm today, the Tracy Police Department was notified that Mr. Herzog’s release will be delayed until some yet to be determined date. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed that Loren Herzog will not be released this weekend as previously scheduled nor will he be released into the City of Tracy. The petition filed by witnesses in the Herzog trial to seek the protective order of 35 miles exclusion zone has been accepted, and this action renders Mr. Herzog ineligible for placement in the City of Tracy.

Earlier this week, when it was announced that Herzog was scheduled to be released to the Tracy jurisdiction, law enforcement and other city staff worked tirelessly with many local and state partners to stop it from happening. San Joaquin County and Tracy residents acted quickly to let their voices be heard loudly and clearly by municipal, county and state officials.

Tracy Police Captain John Espinoza applauded the community’s actions stating, “Today’s results show that our collective commitment to safety and willingness to act can make a difference in the well being of our community. As we did in the Sandra Cantu case and the Kyle R. case, our community showed strength and resolve to band together during a time of crisis. We proved our effectiveness in working together toward public safety.”

Espinoza continued by citing today’s successful resolution as another fine example of city leadership and community members working collaboratively toward a common mission and succeeding.

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