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A convicted murderer once sentenced to die in California's...

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- A convicted murderer once sentenced to die in California's gas chamber has been denied parole for beating a man to death and sexually torturing the victim's young wife for more than an hour before setting her on fire.

In a unanimous decision Thursday, the three-member state Board of Prison Terms declared Angelo Pavageau, 33, 'unsuitable for parole.'

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Pavageau's bloody orgy of violence in the San Francisco home of Frank and Annette Carlson on April 19, 1974, was 'brutal ... and showed callous disregard for human suffering,' the panel said.

Pavageau was sentenced to death for murder, robbery, rape, sodomy, oral copulation, arson and assault. His sentence was reduced to a 54-year prison term when the U.S. Supreme Court declared California's death penalty unconstitutional.

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