It appears San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has a shadier past than we thought.
The 45-year-old parolee held for the New Year’s Eve hit-and-run deaths of two pedestrians had been facing a Three-Strikes life prison term until he was freed last year under San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, NBC Bay Area reported Monday evening.
On New Years Eve a driver high on methamphetamine in a stolen car with a stolen gun, killed two pedestrians, Elizabeth Platt, 60, and Hanako Abe, 27, in downtown San Francisco. He is a parolee who remained free despite being arrested several times in the city in recent months. According to San Francisco police, Troy Ramon McAlister was well known from past arrests as a really violent guy who committed robberies, and most recently on December 20th (below). He should not have been free.
As the Globe reported Saturday, all DA Chesa Boudin had to say about this was to flippantly blame the “mistake” on inadequate parole supervision. “We referred these cases to parole because we believed there was a greater likelihood of him being held accountable and having the kind of intervention that would protect the public and break this cycle of recidivism,” Boudin said.
Sounding sociopathic, Boudin added, “clearly, it was a mistake to think parole supervision would be adequate.”
According to court records (below), McAlister had a pending “3-strikes, 211” known as a “violent felony” under former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, where Gascon and his committee approved three-strikes because McAlister has multiple prior strikes, including two “violent felony” arrests, and a “215” – carjacking.
Enter stage right, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin comes into office, drops all the strikes and gives McAlister credit for time served, according to sources. McAlister gets out of prison in April 2020. He then gets re-arrested multiple times including a few days before he kills the two women in San Francisco. Charges include Penal Code Section 10851, Grand Theft Auto. Chesa Boudin again refuses to prosecute. Until Monday.
California Globe sent a request to the San Francisco District Attorney asking for a copy of the complaint against Troy McAlister. We suspect Boudin did NOT allege the prior strikes in the complaint, despite that McAlister has a record a mile long including two separate robbery cases, and possibly, three prior robberies. He also had the carjacking conviction and a slough of prior prison terms for various crimes.
Late Monday, NBC Bay Area reported that until April of last year, McAlister was in jail awaiting trial on a 2015 robbery charge. “Prosecutors were pursuing the case under the state’s Three Strikes law. If McAlister had been convicted, he could have faced a life sentence. McAlister was eligible for life based on his previous convictions for robbery and carjacking.”
And the real kicker is that Chesa Boudin had appeared on behalf of Troy McAlister in 2018 as a deputy public defender, triggering concerns about a possible conflict of interest now that he’s District Attorney, according to NBC Bay Area.
As the Globe reported Saturday, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is very clear on why this parolee is not locked up: “When you put a public defender in to be the chief law officer, you can expect him to side with criminals and not victims.”
DA Boudin appears to be unilaterally refusing to follow the law and charge the strikes- which is exactly what Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is being sued over by the Association of Assistant District Attorneys of Los Angeles, as the Globe reported last week.
We spoke with DA Schubert again, who explained that the three-strike law has been reformed over the years, in a good way. But Boudin gave away the 2018 robbery case because he dropped the strikes and only gave McAlister time served. As a result, McAlister got out, was arrested several times for more felonies, and Boudin essentially abandoned his job as District Attorney… but maybe not as McAlister’s former Public Defender.
This is the 2018 case by then-San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, against McAlister:Information on Mcallister (1)
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