Convicted East Palo Alto murderer gets parole


An East Palo Alto man who served 20 years in prison for murder was granted parole on Jan. 6 after four previous rejections, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Anthony Allen, 43, was convicted in 1994 for the drive-by shooting death of John McGehee on April 14, 1992. Allen pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and received a 15-years-to-life sentence. Four people were shot in the incident, including McGehee and Darren Trahan, who is paraplegic as a result of the shooting. Firearm-use allegations and attempted murder charges for wounding Trahan were dismissed.

Allen was one of four shooters who fired at the victims from a vehicle belonging to the Midtown Hogs gang.

McGehee's sister, Misa Knight, attended the parole hearing at the California State Prison, Solano and addressed the Board of Parole Hearings, giving what the DA's office described as a powerful statement opposing Allen's release.

Knight claims that her brother was not a gang member. She said the argument was over a girl, and that two men had a baby by. But the DA's office said the shootings were a retaliation for the prior shootings of members of Allen's group. A source who wished to remain anonymous also said that the shooting was a retaliation.

Board Commissioner Arthur Anderson and Deputy Commissioner James Andres, who presided over the hearing, ruled that Allen is suitable for parole, finding that he does not pose an unreasonable risk of danger if released.

The case will proceed to administrative review at the Board of Parole Hearings followed by review at the Governor's Office.

Knight will continue to fight to keep Allen behind bars, she said.

Three accomplices spent time in custody for the shootings, including Travis Outlaw, who pleaded no contest to attempted murder and was sentenced to state prison for seven years; Eddie Lee Pratt, 17, who admitted to second-degree murder in juvenile court and was committed to the California Youth Authority for a period not to exceed his 25th birthday; and Manny Griffin, who pleaded no contest to felony accessory charges and was sentenced to state prison for three years.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:10 am

So, wait....did John McGeehee come back from the dead? Can Darren Trayhan walk now? Why does this man get his LIFE back when one man lost his and another is irrevocably altered forever? I feel bad for Ms. Knight, the law is unjust.

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Posted by Howie
a resident of Ohlone School
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:30 pm

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Too generous. No parole for murderers

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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm

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Shocking. Why in the world would someone with such a record get parole? Are the prisons really that overfilled? How safe is it for the public with him on the streets?

It's one thing if a person killed their lover/spouse and isn't a threat to society, but is this guy a straight arrow now and safe to be back in society? Or are we all sitting ducks?

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Posted by P Square
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2015 at 8:35 am

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[Portion removed.] The man has paid his debt to society.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

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Unbelievable. The parole board has lost its collective mind. What is to become of this murderer? Will he get a job? Will he become a viable member of society? Will he return to the same town where his evil deeds took place?

Perhaps this sort of parole could be granted -- but only with a 2000 mile restraining order.

@ P Square: Seriously? You think that this man "has paid his debt to society?" A man is dead. Another is paraplegic. How did he "repay" that? Besides, I suspect that this man didn't pay a DIME toward his incarceration. In fact, I suspect that taxpayers in California paid an enormous amount for this murderer's living, housing and legal expenses over the last 22 years. This man probably hasn't bought toilet paper in more than two decades. Could you explain how his debt has been "paid?"

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Posted by iSez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

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We are all sitting ducks. There are many felons with jobs - I've let them into my house for repairs and for remodeling. I had no idea until they told me because they felt comfortable enough to disclose it.

If someone is hiring a felon, is their specific crime available in public records?

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Posted by
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm is a registered user.

The man deserves a 2nd chance after 20 years. During that time, they were ALL shooting at each other.

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Posted by P Square
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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@Nayeli-everyone has there own opinion, are you basing yours on the article? The story above is one-sided. There's no mention of Mr. Allen getting shot @ with over 300 rounds either. I'm assuming you have never been to prison either, because for him to be even considered for parole he would have to be a model prisoner. I understand that life was lost & anotha left paraplegic, but 1 day in prison is hard to do...let alone 7300 days without getting caught up in politics of prison. He deserves a second chance!

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Posted by Bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

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This makes me sick.

I don't think anyone would want to run the possibility of having this person anywhere near them or their children's environment or around anyone they would care about, yet somehow we are going to let him out to be around ... someone? And who is responsible if he commits more crime? Kills one and maims another and out in 20 years - that is truly ridiculous. What kind of people are on the parole board that made this lousy decision?

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