Man convicted in DUI, Lake Isabella vehicular death case, denied release 

The man convicted of multiple DUIs, and a vehicular collision in which he killed a Lake Isabella man, was denied parole on Tuesday, March 12 because he currently poses an unreasonable risk to public safety, according to the District Attorney’s Office of Kern County.

The man in question, 46 year old Gustavo Delacruz was convicted of murdering Taylor Embree, a 29 year old Lake Isabella resident, in Oct. 2013, while Delacruz was driving under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine, court documents revealed.

On Oct. 17, 2013, just before 4 a.m., Delacruz’s vehicle struck Embree while driving on Comanche Drive.  Prosecutors claimed Delacruz crossed over the center divider at 85 miles per hitting Embree head-on.

Delacruz was driving on a suspended license and was convicted twice of DUI, just 21 months earlier, the DA revealed.

Delacruz was found guilty on March 15, 2016, of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

On March 12, 2024, the Kern County DA asked the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) to deny  parole for a period of 15, 10, 7, 5 or 3 years.

After a two-hour hearing, the BPH found Delacruz unstable for parole and was issued a five-year denial.

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