#Law & Order
California State Board of Terms
United States of America

Sergeant Don Sowma was shot and killed after he and other officers responded to a silent burglar alarm. While he was searching the premises, he was shot by a suspect who was later apprehended, tried, and convicted of murdering a Police Officer.

Sergeant Sowma was survived by his wife and four children.

Suspect: Bobby Joe Denney
CDC: B84756
Counts: 187 CPC. Murder- Guilty
120.22.5 Use of a Gun- True
12022 Use of a Gun- Guilty

Victim: Sergeant Don Sowma Cypress P.D., Father of four

Incident Summary

Forty years ago, on November 19,1976, Donald Sowma, a Police Officer for the City of Cypress, our father and grandfather, was shot and murdered in the line of duty.

Sergeant Don Sowma was killed by Bobby Joe Denney, a former police officer from Ardmore, Oklahoma who served in Healdton, Oklahoma. Denney was in the middle of committing a burglary when he heard police officers outside. He dropped his gun, crawled to find it, and then deliberatly shot Don, our loved one, as he entered the room.

When Don was murdered he had a loving wife, Colleen, and four children: Mike, Jack, Donna, and Jimmy, who ranged in age between 12-21. He was also awaiting the birth of his first grandchild, a grandchild he never got to meet. Since then, the Sowma family has given Don three more grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The impact of this crime on our family has been devastating. There is so much gone forever!

Bobby Joe Denney was found guilty of murdering Don and was sentenced to state prison. In 1993, without our knowledge, he was transferred from a California State Prison to Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, Oklahoma at the request of his parents so he would be closer and they could visit. It is an injustice for our entire family that this transfer took place. His family visited him freely while we must visit Don at the cemetery.

Bobby Joe Denney is eligible for parole in August 2016.

Bobby Joe Denney made a deliberate choice to find his gun and murder a police officer, a husband and father.

Please honor our father and grandfather by signing this petition and keep Denney in prison. He is a cold-blooded killer who is a danger to all of us, especially to every police officer. He should never be paroled from prison.

The Sowma Family

We, the undersigned, petition to Deny the Parole of Cop Killer Bobby Joe Denney in 2016 or any other year. He deserves to die in prison.

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