A Southern California motorcycle club founder who killed three people in 1980 has been ordered to be released this week, following a terminal cancer diagnosis, prosecutors said Thursday.
Thomas Maniscalco, 77, has been incarcerated for nearly 30 years after his 1994 conviction on three counts of second-degree murder, with enhancements for being armed with a firearm, according to state prison officials. He was sentenced to life in prison and has been denied parole twice.
He was ordered released under California’s compassionate release law, which was amended last year and allows incarcerated people to be freed if they have a serious and advanced illness with an end-of-life trajectory.
Maniscalco was the co-founder of the Hessian Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors said Maniscalco thought Richard Rizzone, another Hessian, was ripping him off in a counterfeiting and meth distribution ring.
Rizzone, his 19-year-old girlfriend Rena Miley, and his bodyguard Thomas Monahan were killed in the 1980 Memorial Day attack in Rizzone’s home in Westminster. All three were shot multiple times at close range.