The El Dorado Hills attorney who terrorized his wife and children will spend at least 10 more years behind bars.
The California Board of Parole Hearings denied parole for Richard Hamlin, who is currently serving his sentence at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga.
Richard’s ex-wife Susan and their four children strongly opposed his parole.
“We are just so relieved and just feel like we have a new lease on life,” Susan said after the parole board made its decision.
Ten more years without worry will help the family heal, Susan added, noting that it will also allow her daughters to grow into adulthood without fear of their father trying to get back into their lives.
In January 2006 a jury found the then-45-year-old Richard Hamlin guilty of torture and corporal injury to a spouse. His arrest came nearly two years earlier.
“He still has the crazy delusions that he had before,” Susan said in an earlier interview with Village Life. She pointed out that Richard continues to investigate an alleged Satanic cult linked to Starbucks, one of many angles used in his defense at trial. When he beat Susan, she said her husband of 20 years thought “he was beating the demons inside me.”
“He’s very obsessed,” daughter Clare, 16, added. “I just think he’s so far gone he can’t come back to reality.”
Clare and younger sister Jenn, 14, wrote letters to the board asking to keep their father in jail. Because they are minors they were not allowed to be in the room during the Dec. 5 hearing but they did watch through one-way glass. Susan and her sons Alec, 19, and Ryan, 24, attended and sat in the same room as Richard.
Attorneys Nina Salarno Ashford and Laura Strasser assisted the Hamlin’s as they prepared for the parole hearing. The lawyers collected letters opposing Richard’s release on behalf of the family.