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1980 killer denied parole
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John Adams, 51, was found unsuitable for parole at a June 19 hearing of the State Board of Prison Hearings at California State Prison in Solano.

Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Doug Maner appeared at the hearing and argued for continued confinement based on lack of rehabilitation, poor parole plans and significant disciplinary history while incarcerated. The Board of Prison Hearings agreed and denied parole for a year.

Adams was convicted of killing James Goff, 22, June 8, 1980 in the Richland Shopping Center in Ceres, after he meddled in a confrontation between Adams and a good samaritan who tried to prevent Adams from shooting a man with whom he'd just lost a fist fight. During the crime Goff reportedly said to Adams, "What are you going to do, shoot me?" Adams then shot Goff in the upper torso with a sawed-off shotgun, killing him instantly.

Adams was convicted of first-degree murder in 1981. Adams is serving a 25-years-to-life term and has previously been denied parole seven times. Adams will be scheduled for another hearing in one year. Adams refused to attend the hearing or speak to the Parole Board. This was Adams' eighth parole hearing.