A man convicted of the 1988 murder of a 62-year-old mother of six and grandmother of 10 died in prison earlier this month, ending years of failed parole hearings that kept him locked up.

According to a press release issued by Russ Brown, Yuba County public information officer, Henry Roy Carls died in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on March 2.

Carls was arrested and subsequently convicted of the 1988 first degree murder of Anita Allan. Carls was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

“Mr. Carls filed for parole multiple times over the past several years, and each time our office was there along with members of Ms. Allan’s family to make sure the Board of Parole Hearings had a clear understanding of the heinous nature of his crime,” said Yuba County Deputy District Attorney Melanie Bendorf. “The fact that he never experienced life outside of prison after his conviction is an important final victory for Anita.”

Bendorf said the Board consistently determined that Carls remained a danger to society and denied his release.

Allan worked in the attendance office at Yuba City High School and as a teacher’s aide at Yuba College. She was at her home in Maryville when Carls attacked and killed her.

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