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June 15, 2011


Filed under: California Appeals Attorney — Tags: , , , — fayarfa @ 4:53 pm

SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas is opposing the parole of a man who severely injured another man after planting a pipe bomb in the victim’s car in 1995. Steven Yaklyvich, 47, is currently being held at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, CA. Yaklyvich was sentenced March 21, 1997, to life in state prison and an additional eight years for sentencing enhancements. He is scheduled for a parole hearing Monday, June 13, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jerry Schaffer will appear via video conference to defend public safety and advocate for justice.

On March 13, 1995, Yaklyvich, then-31-years old, received a visit from his girlfriend while in jail for possession of a syringe. During this visit, Yaklyvich became angry upon learning of his girlfriend’s relationship with another man, Ron Robertson. After Yaklyvich’s release from jail on March 17, 1995, he threatened Robertson over the phone, saying he would be “seeing” Robertson.

Yaklyvich planted a pipe bomb under Ron Robertson’s vehicle, which exploded On April 4, 1995, while the victim was driving. As a result, and caused the car’s brakes and steering failed and the car collided with another vehicle. The blast of the explosion blew a hole through the floorboard and severely injured Robertson, breaking his ankle and foot in five places and causing permanent walking impairment.

An investigation by the Orange Police Department (OPD) found that Yaklyvich had recently been taught how to construct a pipe bomb. One week before the incident, a friend observed Yaklyvich carefully holding a container on the way to Yaklyvich’s mother’s home, saying he didn’t want the box “to go boom.” Police searched the home of Yaklyvich’s mother and located a box containing the same type of gunpowder used in the bomb under Robertson’s car. In Yaklyvich’s home, police recovered a stolen truck which contained tools and materials that were used to build and ignite a bomb. Yaklyvich was arrested Nov. 9, 1995, by OPD.

On Jan. 27, 1997, a jury convicted Yaklyvich of exploding a bomb causing great bodily injury and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to life in state prison March 21, 1997.

Yaklyvich poses an unreasonable risk of danger if he is allowed to re-join society and his prison record shows no signs that he has been rehabilitated. Yaklyvich has denied his involvement in the pipe bombing for two decades and has been cited for serious violations while in prison including battery on an inmate in 2001 and possessing pruno, inmate manufactured alcohol, in 1999 and 2005. He fails to take responsibility and blames his actions on his extensive and continued drug and alcohol abuse. Yaklyvich resorts to violence and his actions demonstrate that he is not ready to rejoin society.

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