Loren Herzog to be Freed in Californiaon September 13, 2010 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
In the next few days, convicted serial killer Loren Herzog will be released from prison. Herzog has been in prison since his arrest in 1999 with Wesley Shermantine.
While Shermantine is on California’s Death Row, Herzog had his three first-degree murder convictions placed in doubt when the California Court of Appeal threw out his videotaped confession for being coerced. Without the confession, the best the prosecutors could do was to plead Herzog down to voluntary manslaughter for one of the killings.
A 78-year prison sentence became 14 years. With time off for good behavior, the California prison system has no more ability to hold him.
Shermantine and Herzog lured Cyndi Vanderheiden to a cemetery with the promise of methamphetamine in 1998. Herzog claimed he hid in the back seat of the car while Shermantine attacked Vanderheiden. While he admits helping load the body in the trunk, he says he doesn’t know what Shermantine did after that. Vanderheiden’s body has still not been found.
Shermantine has boasted of killing 19 people.