Make a comment Public Safety Governor Won’t Appeal Parole Decision for Pasadena Man Convicted in Diplomat’s Murder Published on Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 5:21 pm Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Hampig “Harry” Sassounian, at left, was convicted in 1984 for the shooting death of Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan, at right. (Images courtesy Change.org)Gov. Gavin Newsom will not appeal a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s decision allowing the parole of a local man convicted in the 1982 Westwood murder of a Turkish diplomat, a governor’s office spokeswoman said Thursday.Hampig “Harry” Sassounian, an Armenian immigrant who lived in Pasadena, was convicted in 1984 for the shooting death of Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan.The 54-year-old victim died shortly after two armed men approached his car from both sides while he was waiting for a red light at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Comstock Avenue on Jan. 28, 1982, and fired several rounds that hit him in the head and chest.At trial, a jailhouse informant testified that Sassounian told him he killed Arikan to “get revenge on what the Turkish people did to his people,” referencing the deaths of more than a million Armenians from 1915 to 1918 in their historic homeland in eastern Turkey.Sassounian, now 58, was initially sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But a federal appeals court subsequently overturned the jury’s special circumstances finding of murder because of national origin.In 2002, Sassounian signed a statement renouncing terrorism and the prosecution agreed not to go forward with a retrial on a special circumstance allegation. Sassounian was re-sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.He has been denied parole four times and granted parole twice, with then-Gov. Jerry Brown and Newsom each reversing parole.A spokeswoman for Newsom noted that the governor reversed the parole grant last May, but a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month vacated the governor’s parole reversal.“The governor has carefully weighed the factors in this case and will not pursue an appeal,” the spokeswoman said.In a statement posted on Twitter, the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “We strongly condemn this approach that deeply hurts the conscience of the Turkish nation.”“This grave decision, that could not be reversed despite all attempts of the U.S. Administration, is in conflict with the universal principles of law and the understanding of justice,” according to the statement.The statement said Sassounian “has never shown a sign of remorse during his 38 years of conviction” and the crime “will never be forgotten as a crime that represents a sick and distorted ideology.” 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Business News Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty
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TOWNSVILLE’S buyer’s market has led to a resurgence in renovations in recent years with low-end properties being snapped up for a bargain.From Queenslanders and miner’s cottages to 1970s brick homes, buyers are being drawn to bargain properties to flip for profit or turn into a stunning family home — all for a minimal mortgage repayment.According to The Housing Industry Association, Townsville’s love for renewal is not surprising with the agency predicting a rise in renovation work of almost $3 billion by 2020 across Australia.The HIA Renovations Roundup report said renovations grew 2.7 per cent last year to $33.06 billion, but that was expected to hit $35.94 billion within three years.While this year was expected to see a slower pace of growth at 0.3 per cent, that was expected to accelerate to 3.2 per cent next year, 2.4 per cent in 2019 and a further 2.5 per cent in 2020.Living Here Townsville sales agent Margaret Hill said renovation shows such as The Block had a big impact on the city’s property market.“I think it’s a good thing as it allows people to make the house their own,” she said.“There’s no doubt Townsville gets its healthy share of renovations and I actually sell a lot of homes that were renovated for profit.”With renovations on the rise, Ms Hill urged homeowners to use appropriate tradespeople, particularly if they hoped to sell the property.“It will definitely show during resale of the home. Buyers can tell whether a home was renovated privately or by qualified tradespeople,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“While there are some things that can be done by the owner, things like carpentry and water proofing bathrooms should be left to the professionals.”HIA senior economist Shane Garrett says he expects renovations will make up a greater part of the building mix as new home building declines.“2016 marked the strongest year since WWII for new home building starts in Australia but our forecasts indicate that activity is set to decline … over the next three years,” he said.“In this context, our industry will become more dependent on work related to home renovations activity.”Mr Garrett said turnover in the established house market was an important driver of demand.