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Schwarzenegger rejects parole for dentist

December 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rejected parole for a Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in the 1980s by administering fatal doses of anesthetic.Tony Protopappas, who is now 65 years old, has served more than 25 years of his 15-to-life sentence for second-degree murder. Earlier this year, a panel of appellate court judges and a state parole board voted to release Protopappas.

The Daily Pilot reports Schwarzenegger rejected the bid on Dec. 15.

In 1983 and 1984, Protopappas gave the wrong doses of a general anesthetic to 23-year-old Kim Andreassen; 31-year-old Cathryn Jones; and 13-year-old Patricia Craven in his Costa Mesa office.

Protopappas wasn't licensed to administer the anesthetic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report