This was Mr. Bockman's seventh parole hearing, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. His next hearing will be in five years.
Offenders given 15 years to life must serve at least 12 years and will remain in prison until a parole board deems it safe for them to be released, Mr. Wagstaffe said.
In the case, Mr. Bockman admitted to stalking Ms. Strodel and going to her Menlo Park apartment on Feb. 16, 1985, prosecutors said. During an argument, he repeatedly stabbed her in the chest and beat her with a baseball bat, inflicting her with major head injuries, prosecutors said. She died of the combination of injuries.
Mr. Bockman waived his right to appear at the parole hearing and his right to be represented by an attorney, prosecutors said. The San Mateo County prosecutor appeared by teleconference.
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