A man convicted of killing his neighbors and their dogs, then setting fire to their Rio Linda home in 1979 has been denied parole.
Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced that a representative of her office appeared at the Board of Prison Terms hearing, where parole was denied for 51-year-old Michael Lynn Love for a three-year period.
On Aug. 10, 1979, Love, then 17, went to his neighbor's house in Rio Linda armed with a baseball bat and a knife. He encountered 62-year-old Faye Alexander outside the home, beat her over the head with a bat and stabbed her repeatedly, killing her, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. He then went inside the home and found 63-year-old Charlie Love, an invalid, lying on the couch. Love killed the man by beating him with the bat and repeatedly stabbing him.
Love also strangled, stabbed and killed the Alexanders' three dogs.
Love then dragged Faye Alexander's body into the house. He poured cigarette lighter fluid over her body and elsewhere around the house, then set the house on fire.
After his arrest, Love reportedly claimed that he had gone to the house to commit robbery but snapped when Faye Alexander started to yell at him.
Love was convicted of two counts of murder in 1981 and is currently at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo.