Murderer, rapist denied parole

George Nulph in his 1976 booking photo from Clatsop County.

The state parole board has deferred the potential release of convicted murderer and rapist George Nulph for two years.

The parole board concluded, based on a doctor’s report and diagnosis, that Nulph suffers from a severe emotional disturbance and is a danger to the community.

Nulph was convicted in 1976 of murder and kidnapping in the abduction of Frances Christians in Cannon Beach. He was sentenced to life in prison but, under a new sentencing system, he was released in 1986. Nulp brutally raped a Portland woman shortly after his release, and was sent back to prison.

The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision ruled on Nulph’s murder and sodomy convictions after holding a parole hearing in January.

Michael DeMuniz, a Portland attorney who represented Nulph before the parole board, declined to comment.

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis had argued against parole for Nulph at the January hearing.

“While I’m gratified that the (parole board) recognized Nulph did not deserve release, the fact he served less than 10 years on a life sentence is outrageous,” Marquis said in an email. “If the Department of Corrections had not released him on ‘leave’ he would not have been able to rape an 18-year old woman in Portland.

“This case languished without any action for over 25 years, and while the members of the current parole board bear no responsibility for failures of previous boards, Nulph should serve the rest of his life in prison. Now my office and Multnomah County DA’s Office will need to notify the victims again that in two years we are likely to repeat this process.”

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