East Palo Alto man who murdered wife in 1998 to be paroled


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.

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9 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

WTF, 16 years for murdering his wife! Crazy, is this a bad joke?
If he behaved well in prison, give him a award or a cell with a window,
don't let him out for violent murder.

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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

Haha, CrescentParkAnon., agree completely. This was a violent murder. Please don't let him get to us, Governor Brown. He is most surely going to lose control again.

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Posted by Jesus, Joseph, and Mary!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

OMG, I knew the victim, my friend and I had worked with her ( my friend knew her very, very well). She was a
Very dear, sweet lady and is still sorely missed!

I can't begin to imagine how her children feel about this horrible news, especially since they were the ones who found her body in a huge pool of blood!

There is no justice unless you are wealthy!

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Justice is relative. I am sure Bruce Cooper feels he has gotten justice, though he may still feel the injustice of having been locked up at all. Is Antoinette getting justice? She seems somewhat mute on the subject, but I am willing to bet she might feel a bit slighted.

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