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It’s easy to help. Copy the parole opposition letter and mail it to the Board of Parole Hearings before the parole hearing date.

For your confidentiality, do NOT put your return address on the letter, only on the outer mailing envelope.



Board of Parole Hearings                                                                                           

P.O. Box 4036                                                                                                  

Sacramento, CA  95812-4036                                                                                   

ATTN: Pre-Hearing Correspondence

RE: YOURGAN, THOR P. – CDCR# E02240                                                        


Dear Chairman and Parole Board Member:  

Please DO NOT grant a parole hearing date to convicted murderer Thor P. Yourgan, CDCR# E02240.

On October 11, 1994, Yourgan entered the home of Mary Chandler (age 74) for the sole purpose of overpowering, incapacitating and robbing her. He brutally strangled Mary to death, after which he robbed the contents of her home. Yourgan then departed his scene of murder (for financial gain) in the victim’s vehicle. One week later, he was arrested. Just prior to trial, he was afforded a plea bargain sentence of 31 years to life.

This convicted murderer continues to pose a dire threat to public safety and society. His extremely violent history clearly demonstrates a high propensity for violence/murder. Noted: Prior to this offense, he had served a mere six (6) years of a 12-year sentence for the attempted murder of an elderly woman. He was released to parole just six (6) weeks when he murdered Mary Chandler. 

On May 5, 2020, Mary’s family and friends must relive the horrendous events that led to her brutal murder. They must face the trauma and uncertainty of this murderer’s parole hearing. Because of Thor Yourgan’s complete disregard for human life and lack of remorse, justice demands this convicted murderer be denied parole.

Yourgan made a personal choice to execute an innocent, elderly lady for financial gain and must continue to accept the consequences of his action. It is hoped the Board will think about Mary Chandler and the brutality she had to suffer before dying from strangulation. Mary does not get a second chance to live; she is gone forever by the hand of a murderer. Therefore, Yourgan does not deserve a second chance or the privilege of freedom. He must remain in prison for the maximum time allowed by State of California law.

Thank you for your consideration.


(For your confidentiality, do NOT post return address on this letter; only on outer envelope)