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Board of Parole Hearings

P.O. Box 4036

Sacramento, CA 95812

ATTN: Pre-Hearing Correspondence

RE:  Gregory Coates – CDC# B- 68775

       San Quentin State Prison

       Parole Hearing Date: November 6, 2019

Dear Chairman and Parole Board Member:

Jean StephensPlease DO NOT grant a parole date to convicted 2-time murderer, Gregory Coates.  In 1975, Gregory Coates brutally attacked and murdered Jean Stephens, a young wife and mother of three (3) children (ages 10 through 17), in her Mira Loma, California home.  Coates was 17 years old at the time and was an acquaintance of Jean’s 2 teenage boys. They had befriended him, because he seemed a little “odd”.  One morning after the family had left, Coates broke into the Stephens’ home and, when Jean returned home unexpectedly, he hit her from behind with a barbell, crushing her skull.  Coates then raped Jean and shot her in the head with a pistol he found in the house.  Following the murder, Coates gathered Jean’s wallet and stockings and set them afire in the kitchen trash.  He then left the residence.  Later that day, Jean’s 10-year-old daughter returned home from school and immediately noticed the odor of something smoldering.  After finding what was left of her mother’s belongings, she began looking further in the house and discovered her mother’s battered body on the floor of her brothers’ bedroom.

Initially, the investigation did not lead to Coates.  In fact, Gregory Coates (the good friend and classmate of Jean’s son, Charles Stephens), stayed at the Stephens’ home, consoling his grieving friend. He then attended Jean Stephens’ funeral the next day.

Six months later, Gregory Coates (now age 18), murdered his own stepmother in similar fashion.  While mowing the lawn at her home, Coates went into the house, where he attacked his stepmother; bludgeoned her to death, raped her, poured gasoline on her body and then set her lifeless body afire on her own bed.  Coates was arrested later that day and was soon connected with the Stephens murder.  He plead guilty to both murders and received two 15-Year to Life sentences.

On November 6, 2019, Jean Stephens’ family, once again, must relive the horrendous events that led to her brutal death. Because of his complete disregard for human life and lack of remorse, justice demands this convicted murderer be denied parole.   

Gregory Coates made a personal choice to execute two innocent women and must continue to accept the consequences of his actions. His well-planned murderous tendencies cannot be denied. He clearly remains a risk to public safety and society. Therefore, Coates must remain in prison, so that he can never again harm another innocent human being.  Please deny parole to convicted murderer Gregory Coates for the maximum time allowed by State of California law.


Thank you for your consideration.


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