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.