SAN DIEGO (AP) — Parole was recommended Tuesday for a one-time champion skateboarder who has spent nearly three decades in prison for raping and killing a woman at his Southern California home.
A parole board made the recommendation for Mark "Gator" Rogowski, 53, during a hearing at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, KGTV-TV reported.
Rogowski confessed to killing 22-year-old Jessica Bergsten in 1991 at his Carlsbad home. He beat her with a car lock, chained her to a bed, raped her, then placed her in a surfboard bag and strangled her before burying her in the desert, authorities said.
Bergsten was a friend of Rogowski's former girlfriend and he said he attacked her out of "misplaced revenge"after he was dumped.
Rogowski pleaded guilty to rape and murder and w