Monterey County

Parole denied for ex-Marine who stabbed woman along Pacific Grove trail

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A state parole board has denied parole again for a former Marine who stabbed a woman multiple times on the Pacific Grove Recreational Trail in 2000.

Jason Blad, now 33, pleaded guilty more than a decade ago of attempted murder for the attack, perpetrated by himself and another Marine, Jesse Jay Carson. The two were students at the Defense Language Institute at the time of the attack. Carson was convicted at trial of the same charges. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

The two men stabbed the woman 12 times and slashed her throat twice before leaving her for dead on the trail in November 2000. At the trial in Monterey County Superior Court, the victim told jurors she'd pleaded for her life and tried to get away, but the two pinned her to the ground and began stabbing her on each side.

Tuesday, parole board members met at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo for Blad's latest parole hearing, but denied his bid, according to California Department of Corrections spokesman Luis Patino. He will not be eligible for a parole hearing for another three years.

Carson, 33, remains in state prison.

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