Parole Denied For Man Who Lit Girlfriend On Fire In 2009

A 50-year-old man from Red Bluff who severely burned the mother of his children will remain locked up despite being up for parole. Early in the morning of July 6th, 2009 Joseph Verni Junior woke up his girlfriend at their Kimball Crossing apartment in Red Bluff. As the victim was lying in bed Verni poured gasoline on her chest and and lit her on fire. The woman remained in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center for a lengthy stay, and suffered severe and permanent injuries as she will continue to suffer for the rest of her life. The couple’s two children, aged 7 and 8 at the time, were in the apartment but neither of them was hurt.Verni ended up pleading guilty to aggravated mayhem and was sentenced to 7-years-to life in state prison. He’s had multiple parole hearings, each of them attended by the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office so they could argue that he remained a danger to the community. Last year a portion of the Parole Board recommended release for Verni, but the Governor referred the matter to the full Parole Board. On Wednesday the board determined Verni to be an unreasonable risk and his parole was denied again.