Rick Stevens’ Parole Hearing Scheduled for October 21

Rick Stevens is up for parole this October, 2009 (Courtesy: BobbyG)

Rick Stevens is up for parole this October, 2009 (Courtesy: BobbyG)

It appears that I have found the hearing schedule for inmates of the California correctional system for the month of October, 2009. And yes, Donald Charles Stevenson, CDC No. B79550, aka Rick Stevens, former lead singer for Tower of Power, is on the list for what is called a Subsequent Suitability Hearing on October 21, 2009 in Santa Clara County, California at 10:30 a.m. I believe that this is his parole hearing.

If any of you fans of Rick Stevens are interested in writing a letter in support of his release, please send it to the addresses below. Understand that “Rick Stevens” is merely his stage name, so address the letter to the Board and to the Representative under his real name and CDC number and then mention that you know of him under his stage name, and go on from there.

Classification and Parole Representative
Mule Creek State Prison
RE: Donald C. Stevenson, B79550
P.O. Box 409099
Ione, CA 95640

Make sure that you also send two (2) copies of the letter to Rick, so he can give one to his attorney and put one in his own file. Why? From what I understand, it is much easier and less expensive.

Donald Stevenson
B-79550, B-8-130
Mule Creek State Prison
P.O. Box 409040
Ione, CA 95640

A couple of suggestions about how to frame your letter:

  1. Don’t beg or make long appeals to the Creator. I know some of you (and Rick himself) are fervent Christians. However, the Board won’t be swayed by that; they’ve heard it all before and really, they don’t have time.
  2. Keep it straightforward. Make it one page at least and at most, two. A typed letter is best, but if you can’t produce one, write your best with the clearest handwriting possible.
  3. And if you were lucky to meet Rick in the old days, talk about what pleasure you received from Rick’s singing. Especially, how he treated you and other fans, acquaintances and admirers. I’ve already read of instances where Rick was very much on his best behavior with his fans, that he was kind and sweet, even though his inner life and his relationships with the band were suffering greatly.
  4. Best of all, talk about how you would like to see him freed and productive, or even whether you would like to contribute to that effort, and how he might make restitution for his deeds with the time that he has left.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation online at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/

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~ by blksista on August 22, 2009.

11 Responses to “Rick Stevens’ Parole Hearing Scheduled for October 21”

  1. Lorraine!! Its Cori, Roy’s daughter. My God, I have tried to find you for years — please contact me… please. writingglobal@yahoo.com. I have thought of you so often and I miss you terribly. PLEASE contact me. Please. I can add more about what that fateful night did to me as well.


  2. […] Rick Stevens’ Parole Hearing Scheduled for October 21. […]


  3. Hello,

    I am Rick Stevens’ parole attorney. His parole hearing is coming up in less than a week. If there are any last minute letters of support, please send them directly to me either by email (pjb@boldinlaw.com) or fax (916.498.1325). Please have them dated and signed.

    Thanks from both Rick and I.

    Peter Boldin
    Attorney for Rick Stevens


  4. Darren- I am not exactly sure what you are asking but the bible says there are only two types of people in the world- those living for the Lord and those not living for the Lord. I believe EVERYONE involved (including the victims) were living apart from God at that time and making choices that led them on a path to destruction. “He who despises the word will be destroyed” Proverbs 13:13 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 16:25

    Georgina- thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I do have peace and feel free because of my relationship with Christ- I am so thankful Donald (Rick ) found that freedom too.


  5. Lorraine – I’m so sorry you had to endure that awful experience. I have been acquainted with Rick for many years, and I know he would give you his most sincere and deepest apologies also for your suffering. Everyone involved in that situation made bad choices when it came to drugs. Rick has told me many times that not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of the victims in this case, and carries a heavy burden of sorrow over what he did. I hope that you have found some peace now, and will continue to live a positive and healthy life.


    • Georgina why are you all lying? Donald killed Andrew Austin and his brother, Harry Austin in cold blood. Harry had just married in Virginia in December 1975 and had only been in California less than a month when this murder took place. Harry was not involved in drugs because he was still in the US Navy. Lorraine’s white mother probably set up Harry and Andrew. I hope Donald Stevenson rots in prison – a no good animal.


      • You must have known the victims and for that, I am so sorry for your loss… but to turn your rage on other victims of the crime is ludicrous — Lorraine’s mother had NOTHING to do with that situation…. Think about the logic: Why would she be present at the scene with her child if she had? Your assumption is unfair. Additionally, while her mother is NOT “white” as you stated, I am just wondering what role you think race played in any of this? You should be cautious about what slanderous and libelous comments you post on a site such as this.


  6. Hi, Lorraine – Can you tell me why all this happened?


  7. Hi- my name is Lorraine and I was just a young girl living with my mother and some friends of hers when these crimes occured. My father was inprisoned at the time for selling drugs. I feel as if I have something to say because I was there that night. One of the friends we lived with was also a victim. Andrew was his name and yes he was a drug dealer but in no way would have pressured Donald to sell to young children. He was very kind and tender hearted and filled a void in my life that my father was unable to do at the time. He actually bought me my first pet (a kitten named Miss Moppet). Anyway, I felt the need to defend Andrew’s memory but at the same time I do not comdemn Donald either. He made some very bad choices and no sin is greater than another in God’s eyes. His accomplice was also my very best’s friends dad who also made some horrible choices. After Andrew and his brother were shot, Donald was upstairs with my mother and I. She knew he was not going to harm us because I said I was thirsty and he ran to the bathroom sink and got me a drink of water. That night is a horrible memory in my mind that has been there almost my whole life but I have always felt sad for Donald and Roy, never bitter. I made some bad choices too since then and though they never led me down that dark of a path, there are still consequences in my life that will stick with me forever. I became a Christian in the year 2000 and have been freed from the bondage of drugs. I am soooo thrilled to hear that Donald and Roy are now Christians and I will be be praying that the hearings go well next month! I hope I have not offended anyone, that is not my intention. I am a supporter of Donald’s parole and a sister in Christ.


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