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Loren Herzog ruling under appeal; killer to remain in Lassen County

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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 5:59 am | Updated: 9:11 am, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

The California Department of Corrections has filed an appeal of a judge's decision that would expel convicted killer Loren Herzog from yet another county.

Lassen County Superior Court Judge F. Donald Sokol ruled Nov. 8 in favor of the city of Susanville, which had petitioned for a Writ of Mandate that would remove Herzog from Lassen County. The Department of Corrections appealed the decision within a week, and Herzog's removal has been postponed until the appeal process is completed.

Peter Talia, attorney for the city of Susanville, said Herzog could still be willingly moved by corrections in the meantime, although that's unlikely. Both sides are awaiting a date to file briefs in the appeal, Talia said, and it could be months before oral arguments are heard in an appellate court.

Herzog is currently residing in a trailer on the grounds of High Desert State Prison outside of Susanville, where he has been since being paroled in mid-September. He served less than 10 years of a 14-year sentence that he received for the murder of Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden.

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodinews.com.

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