Man convicted in Modesto denied parole

Augustin Hernandez, 51, of Sacramento was found unsuitable for parole at a hearing at Solano State Prison, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office said Friday.

Hernandez was convicted of premeditated attempted murder in 1998 and was sentenced to life in prison. In May 1997, Hernandez argued with his wife, choked and beat her at his house in Sacramento. She fled and he followed her to Modesto. He eventually found her sleeping with another man.

Hernandez shot his wife six times while their daughters were clinging to her legs. At the parole hearing, Hernandez claimed that he blacked out due to excessive alcohol intake and methamphetamine abuse and he refused to take responsibility for this crime.

The Board of Parole Hearings denied parole for seven years. If Hernandez is ever paroled, he will be immediately deported to Mexico.

Among other announcements made Friday:

Vinod Navnit Panchal, 33, of Modesto was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of auto theft and resisting arrest.

On Feb. 25 at 11:30 p.m. at an apartment complex on East Orangeburg Avenue in Modesto, the owner of a 1990 green Acura Integra heard Panchal stealing his car from the owner's designated carport. He called 911 and a Modesto police officer on routine patrol happened to be near the apartment complex.

When the officer tried to perform a traffic stop, Panchal pulled into a mobile home park and jumped out. Panchal was arrested a short distance away after a police K-9 named Kai located Panchal trying to hide.