One of five people convicted in 2013 of murdering Santa Maria teen Dystiny Myers was granted parole suitability Thursday.
According to the California Department of Corrections, Jason A. Greenwell is being held at the California Institute for Men.
Greenwell, from Nipomo, was one of five people charged in the killing of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers. She was tortured and beaten in Nipomo on Sept. 25, 2010, then driven to an area near Santa Margarita where her body was dumped and burned.
In 2013, Greenwell pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.
He was granted parole suitability by the Board of Parole Hearings Thursday. The grant of suitability is not a guarantee that he will be paroled.
According to the CDCR, "At this stage it is a proposal that must undergo a 150 day period of review. The first 120 days are for a legal staff review and then the matter goes to the Governor for another 30 days. The Governor has 5 options. He may uphold, reverse or modify the decision. He may also send it to the full board En Banc (all Commissioners sitting together at their monthly meeting,) or he may take no action - in which case the parole decision moves forward."
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office is seeking a review and reversal of the Parole Board’s decision directly to Governor Gavin Newsom.
Three of the murderers, Ty Michael Hill, Frank Jacob York, and Rhonda Wisto, are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. A fourth, Cody Miller, took his own life while in prison in June 2016.
For more information on the Board of Parole Hearing's process visit this website.