Gov. Brown denies parole for SDPD cop killer

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At left is a recent photo of Jesus Cecena, who as a 17-year-old gang member killed San Diego Police Officer Archie Buggs, right, on Nov. 4, 1978. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; San Diego Police Department)

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Jerry Brown again has denied parole to a former gang member who was convicted of fatally shooting a San Diego police officer in 1978.

This is the second year in a row that Brown has reversed a state board’s decision to recommend Jesus Salvador Cecena, 54, for parole.

Cecena was 17 when he was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting Officer Archie Buggs, 30, four times during a traffic stop in the Skyline neighborhood.

In his decision released Friday, Brown said he still believes Cecena would be a threat to society if he were to be released from prison.

While Brown acknowledged Cecena’s age when the crime was committed and his positive behavior in prison, he said Cecena still can’t give a credible explanation for his actions and continues to “whitewash” the murder.

San Diego Police Chief Zimmerman released this statement Saturday regarding Brown’s decision:

“We applaud the Governor’s decision to deny parole for the killer of Officer Archie Buggs. Police officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect our citizens who we so proudly serve. This decision sends a clear message that will help keep our communities safer and our police officers safer. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who stood with us in this battle to keep this cold blooded killer behind bars. In the end, our voices were heard. Please keep the family, colleagues, and friends of Officer Archie Buggs in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to this day, to mourn the loss of a loved one.”

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