Sacto 9-1-1
November 3, 2010
Sacramento man who strangled pregnant girlfriend due parole hearing

By Bee Staff

A man who strangled his pregnant girlfriend and dumped her body in a Sacramento County creek is due a parole hearing.

A jury convicted Richard Edward Duncan, now 58, of the March 1972 murder of Anita Mattson, 24. A judge sentenced Duncan to the then maximum sentence for second-degree murder - five years to life in prison, The Bee reported.

Mattson's body, clad only in panties, was found in a pool of water under a bridge off East Levee Road, a mile north of Elkhorn Boulevard.

Duncan apparently killed Mattson at a Marconi Avenue apartment, which they shared.

A witness, Duncan's brother, testified that Duncan talked about chopping up the body and sending the head to Mattson's mother.

Duncan's hearing will be Nov. 17 at the Mule Creek State Prison where he is incarcerated.

If you want to give your opinion of an inmate's suitability for parole, you may mail a letter to:

Martin Hoshino, executive director

Board of Parole Hearings

1515 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95811

For more information on the Board of Parole Hearings, go to:

Bee researcher Linda Beymer contributed to this report

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