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« on: February 08, 2011, 07:30:47 PM »

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Skateboarding star convicted of 1991 murder denied parole

By Dana Littlefield

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

Parole has been denied for Mark “Gator” Rogowski, a nationally-known skateboarding star from Carlsbad who raped and murdered a woman two decades ago and dumped the body in the desert.

Rogowski, 44, won’t be eligible for parole again for seven years. He is being held at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.

He was convicted in 1992 of first-degree murder and rape in connection with the beating and strangling death of Jessica Bergsten, 22, a friend of Rogowski’s ex-girlfriend who had just moved to San Diego County from Tucson in March 1991.

A hiker found Bergsten’s remains, which remained unidentified until about six weeks after the killing when Rogowski confessed to police.

Rogowski — also known as Mark “Gator” Anthony — was sentenced to 31-years to life in prison. The Monday hearing was the first time his case had come up for parole.

Deputy District Attorney Richard Sachs argued that Rogowski remained an “unreasonable risk to society” and should remain imprisoned, according to a news release provided Tuesday by the District Attorney’s Office.

One of the victim’s family members appeared at the hearing and made a statement urging the parole board to keep Rogowski incarcerated.

Convicted killers in California are rarely granted parole at a first hearing.

Rogowski, who was born in Brooklyn but lived in Escondido as a child, rose to skateboarding fame in the 1980s, according to a Union-Tribune profile. He was competing as a professional by age 14 and won a national championship in 1984 — beating Tony Hawk.

At one point, his endorsements for clothing and skateboarding equipment reportedly brought in $4,000 to $8,000 a month.

By the end of the 1980s, however, the sport began to change, moving from ramps to street skating. Rogowski struggled to make the transition and was labeled by some as a has-been. His life spiraled downward and his girlfriend left him.

On March 20, 1991, Rogowski he got a call from Bergsten and spent the day with her. He told San Diego police later that he struck Bergsten in the head with a steering wheel locking device known as The Club at his Carlsbad condominium, handcuffed and raped her.

He then stuffed her into a surfboard bag, strangled her and drove the body to the desert where he buried her in a shallow grave.

A documentary about Rogowski’s life titled, “Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator” was released in 2003.

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 08:15:44 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 08:41:12 PM »

Stoked: The rise of krusher's stokeness when he heard about Gator staying locked up. I'm working on a part 2, it's called Throw Away the Key
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 06:58:28 AM »

Stoked: The rise of krusher's stokeness when he heard about Gator staying locked up. I'm working on a part 2, it's called Throw Away the Key

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