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Parole hearing set for former Marine wife convicted in 1984 murder-for-hire

Laura Troiani sentencing (Bob Ivins)

A woman who in 1984 convinced five Marines to kill her husband — himself a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton — is getting another shot at possible parole this week.

Laura Ann Troiani’s latest parole bid comes more than two years after California’s then-Gov. Jerry Brown commuted her sentence from life without the possibility of parole to 35 years to life, citing her account of “significant domestic abuse by her husband.”

Now 59, Troiani is slated for a parole suitability hearing Friday at the Chino prison where she is being held. It’s her second parole hearing since the commutation. She lost her first bid for release in 2019, with the board citing lack of remorse and insight, and downplaying her role in the killing, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Summer Stephan issued a statement noting that her office opposes parole for Troiani.

“Family and friends of the murder victim counted on justice in the form of a lifetime prison sentence for this calculated killing,” Stephan said. “But what they got was more suffering as the sentence was reduced.”

Laura Troiani was 14 years younger than Carlo Trioani, and his third wife. They had been married for five years when she convinced other Marines to kill him.

She lured her husband North River Road in Oceanside, telling him her car had broken down. When he arrived, he was shot in the back of the head.

At the time of her murder trial in the mid-1980s, it was the longest and most expensive trial in county history.

This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune.


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