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Jesse Rugge, Jesse James Hollywood Accomplice, Eligible for Release


Originally published 12:00 a.m., July 11, 2013
Updated 9:00 a.m., October 22, 2013
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Jesse Rugge, an accomplice of Jesse James Hollywood in the high profile murder of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz at Lizard’s Mouth 13 years ago, will be eligible for release as early as next year. Convicted of kidnapping, Rugge had been sentenced to serve seven years to life for his role in the slaying stemming from a drug debt gone bad. According to prison records, Rugge — serving time in Chino — has been an exemplary prisoner. Markowitz was kidnapped from his San Fernando Valley home by friends of Hollywood because Markowitz’s older brother owed Hollywood money for drugs. Rugge served as one of Markowitz’s keepers while Hollywood’s crew kept him in Santa Barbara. Opposing Rugge’s eligibility for release were both of Markowitz’s parents and the Santa Barbara District Attorney.

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The big question is, can he be trusted to continue to be a model citizen outside of protective watch like a Prison, that's the really huge question.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well he is 33 now, not 20, so that's a mark in his favor. That's the question with everyone released from prison.

Nitz (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 9:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

13 years was too long to pay for his role in this tragic crime. Let's just hope prison didn't ruin him and he can still live a productive life. Good luck Jesse

kerry121 (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

well i can say from experience jesse has changed a lot. Last year i was housed with him in avenal and he was a very nice guy and very remorseful. hes's one of the reasons i changed my life around because my case was very alike to his except no one was killed. i met him when i was 21 and he gave me some very good advice and now that im out i have a very good job and i dont hang around the people i used to and i have jesse to thank for that

greaser776 (anonymous profile)
August 3, 2013 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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