A man who claimed his murdered wife had committed suicide by slashing her own throat was granted parole on Thursday, May 28, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.
Bruce Edward Cooper, 52, of East Palo Alto is serving a 16-years-to-life sentence for murdering his wife, Antoinette Michele Smith-Cooper, 35, outside their home on May 22, 1998. Smith-Cooper was found stabbed to death in the driveway of their home on the 2500 block of Annapolis Street at about 2 a.m., according to the San Mateo County Sheriff. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple's two children, ages 17 and 9, were inside the home at the time of the incident.
The parole board at San Quentin State Prison found that Cooper had accepted responsibility for his crime, participated in appropriate programming and remained discipline free, so they granted him parole.
On Dec. 9, 1998, after a four-week trial, a jury found Cooper guilty of second-degree murder and a deadly weapon enhancement. He was sentenced on April 23, 1999. Cooper could be released in a few months unless Gov. Jerry Brown overturns the decision.