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Emily Shane

April 3, 2010, Sina Khankhanian drove his car for 17 miles at speeds up to 70 mph on Pacific Coast Highway before he hit and killed 13-year old Emily Shane who was walking to meet her father after a sleepover at a friend’s home.  The defendant said he aimed for her, and she “deserved to die.”  He was convicted of murdering Emily.  When Emily’s parents attended the defendant’s parole hearing, the prosecutor was not allowed to attend or participate because of Gascon’s Resentencing Policy.  Emily’s parents were deliberately kept in the dark about the information that would be presented at the parole hearing of their daughter’s murderer, causing them undue grief and anxiety.