Judge rules to not release sexually violent predator in Merced County

The predator, who was first convicted of sexual crimes in 1993, has been housed in a state hospital.

A sexually violent predator will not be released in Merced County after all. 

The decision came after local and state officials spoke out. 


Driving the news: Kevin Gray, 72, was scheduled to be released on parole in Ballico, which is located northwest of Merced. 

  • But last month Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil (D–Jackson), Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke and Merced County District Attorney Nicole Silveira held a press conference speaking out against Gray’s scheduled parole. 
  • They said at the time that a judge in Stanislaus County did not follow state law by moving to house Gray in Merced County when he is released from a state hospital. 
  • Silveira announced last Friday that Gray will not be released in Ballico after successfully arguing in court that Gray should not come to Merced County. 
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