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Board of Parole Hearings

P.O. Box 4036

Sacramento, CA  95812-4036

RE: Steven John Burns – CDCR# C-20341

       Parole Hearing Date:  August 1, 2019

Dear Chairperson and Parole Board Member~

Please DO NOT grant a parole date to convicted murderer, Steven J. Burns.

Catina Rose SalarnoOn September 3, 1979, Steven Burns brutally and senselessly shot to death, Catina Rose Salarno, age 18, on the eve of her first day of college at the University of Pacific. 

Burns was a long-time friend and employee of the Salarno family. He and Catina had dated in high school but (after several attempts) she finally ended the relationship prior to leaving for college. Burns became enraged, stole a handgun from his employer, Mr. Salarno and followed Catina to UOP, where he shot her execution-style in the back of her head. This convicted murderer felt no remorse and that his actions were justified.

On August 1, 2019, Catina Salarno’s family must (for the eleventh time) relive the horrendous events that led to her brutal and senseless murder. Their lives have never been the same since and now they face the uncertainty of yet another parole hearing.

California Supreme Court decision In Re Win Lee cited Catina’s murder as one of the highest examples of callous disregard for human suffering, noting that she was shot execution-style and left knowingly to die slowly and alone while this murderer watched Monday Night Football within window’s view of her lifeless body. 

Steven J. Burns must be held accountable for his personal choice to execute this innocent young woman. As a result of his complete disregard for human life, lack of remorse and the brutality of this crime, justice demands this convicted murderer be denied parole. He must remain behind bars where he cannot ever again harm another innocent human being. 

It is a crime and a terrible lack of justice that this convicted murderer is entitled to a parole hearing at all. Per the United States Supreme Court decision, “State prisoners have no constitutional right to parole”.  Although commitment offense is now rarely considered by the Board during parole hearings (inmate population and inmate rights seem more of a concern), it is hoped you will think about this murderer’s victim and her family and take into consideration their pain, suffering and all he has ripped from their lives.

Catina Rose Salarno had dreams, plans and hopes for a beautiful and bright future. She was so enthusiastic about attending UOP in anticipation of becoming a dentist. Unfortunately, her dreams were shattered at the hands of this convicted murderer on September 3, 1979. Catina does not get a second chance to live; she is gone forever. 

During his parole hearings, Steven Burns begs to go home; to live again in his boyhood home”. Tell us, when does Catina get “to go home”? This murderer does not deserve a second chance or the privilege of freedom.

Please continue to support Catina’s family and friends by keeping her murderer behind bars where he most definitely belongs. Deny parole to convicted murderer, Steven J. Burns for the maximum time allowed by State of California law.

Thank you for your consideration.

Shellie Cervantes

Victim Advocate/Consultant

Citizens Against Homicide

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