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Apr 19, 2016 4:16 PM

With nowhere to go, convicted murderer from Yugoslavia denied parole for 1974 slaying

CONCORD - A man convicted in 1974 of killing his mother in law has been denied parole.

Viktor Novosel, 80, has served 41 years behind bars at the state prison. He faced a parole board Tuesday, hoping to be deported to Canada where he currently holds citizenship.

Novosel is a native of Yugoslavia, which is no longer a country.

The state cited concerns that Novosel would be released to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and there would be no guarantee he would be deported to Canada.

"People are handed over to ICE custody, the time frames aren't met for whatever reason, the person is not deported and they're let out with no controls over them. Many of those people or at least some of them have committed other serious crimes including murder," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin.

A victim's advocate said the family of Helen Morrison still fears for the day when Novosel is released.

"He will still be seeking revenge on the Morrison family members," the advocate said. "We oppose any release that would not require the highest level of monitoring and supervision of a murder and twice convicted felon."

The parole board said Novosel does not have a clear plan and his best option was to seek transfer to a Canadian prison.

From there, he can work to transition back into society.

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