Oakland Cop-Killer Had Long Rap Sheet
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2009 1:50 PM CDT
A mourner leaves flowers at the front entrance of the police station in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The man responsible for the deaths of four Oakland police officers over the weekend had an extensive criminal history, the Tribune reports. Lovelle Mixon, 26, spent 5 years in prison for a 2002 assault with a firearm. After he was paroled, he was a suspect in a 2007 murder; though police couldn’t make the case, he was sent back to prison for parole violations.

Mixon, frustrated with the parole system, had apparently resolved to go back to prison; he skipped a mandatory meeting with his parole officer in February, and was a fugitive at the time of his disastrous run-in with police. “He didn’t know really where to start,” his widow said. “He was trying to make himself a better person and trying to realize his mistakes and what he was doing was wrong.”