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Brawley man convicted in attack on Gee denied parole

April 04, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

VACAVILLE — The California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to a 30-year-old Brawley man serving seven years to life in the California Medical Facility-State Prison here for convictions of attempted murder and sexual battery.

Christopher Michael Bell, 30, was denied parole by the board of prison terms Wednesday morning in Vacaville.

Bell was sentenced Aug. 21, 1998, by Imperial County Superior Court Judge James Harmon to life in prison with the possibility of parole after he pleaded no contest July 22, 1998, to charges of attempted murder and sexual battery while his victim was restrained.

Present at the parole hearing Wednesday was his victim, Shannon Gee, now 35, and her mother. Also present was Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen.

Owen said Bell, while in the facility, has not shown any signs of personal rehabilitation.

She added, during the parole hearing Bell kept giving the board excuses regarding the crime.


"He has not performed in prison. He hasn't taken any therapy. He hasn't upgraded his education. He hasn't done anything," she said.

Bell's initial life sentence would have him remain in prison until at least March 3, 2003. Since his parole request was denied he will have to serve at least two more years before he can seek parole again, said Owen.

Gee was attacked by Bell the evening of Jan. 2, 1997, at Cattle Call Park in Brawley. Bell ran over Gee, who was jogging in the park, with a car and then sexually assaulted her.

Gee was a Brawley resident and a Westmorland Union Elementary School teacher at the time of the attack.

Gee has undergone numerous surgeries and extensive rehabilitation in her attempt to recover from the attack.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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