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  • Aguayo
    Joseph Moreno Aguayo, 68
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: April 1979
    Date of death sentence: Aug. 8, 1996

    Aguayo was serving time in prison in Susanville for attempted murder after beating his girlfriend and leaving her in the trunk of his car in the summer sun when Sacramento investigators came calling. A review of DNA evidence from an April 1979 slaying matched his, and he eventually was convicted in the strangulation death of Eva Chu, 29. Chu, who was seven months pregnant, was last seen near a downtown parking garage on her way to a doctor’s checkup when she was abducted. Her body was found four days later on the banks of Arcade Creek under some tree limbs. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Aguayo was convicted in her murder, as well as that of her unborn child.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Alvarez
    Manuel Machado Alvarez, 50
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: May 17, 1987
    Date of death sentence: Sept. 14, 1989

    Alvarez stabbed 35-year-old Allen Ray Birkman to death in a shopping center near Mack Road and Highway 99 after Birkman, a police department technician, refused to give him $60 he had just withdrawn from an ATM.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Arias
    Pedro Arias, 48
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: May 23, 1987
    Date of death sentence: Feb. 22, 1990

    Arias and a friend were drinking beer and tequila at a house in Lemon Hill when the two went for a drive to the Beacon gas station at 44th Street and Fruitridge Road, where three employees were on duty. Arias’ friend grabbed a 12-pack of beer and ran out, while Arias demanded that the clerks open their cash registers. As Herbert John Waltrip Jr., 22, stepped in front of the register to open it, the floor creaked and Arias stabbed him in his mid-section, plunging the knife 9 to 10 inches into his body. Arias, who at trial ripped off his shirt and pants in front of the jury, was also convicted in a spree that included kidnapping, three robberies and seven sex crimes.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Ashmus
    Troy Adam Ashmus, 48
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: May 19, 1984
    Date of death sentence: July 25, 1986

    Ashmus, a 22-year-old carnival worker at the time of the crime, was convicted in the murder of 7-year-old Marcella Davis after attacking her at Santa Anita Park, brutally raping her and then stuffing two wadded up plastic bags down her throat. He lured her from the pond at Howe Avenue Park by offering to give her a baby duck. Earlier that day, he had attacked a jogger and dragged her into some bushes before fleeing when two men happened upon the scene. His trial was moved to San Mateo County.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Bertsch
    John Anthony Bertsch, 53
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Dec. 22, 1985
    Date of death sentence: Dec. 19, 2000

    Bertsch and co-defendant Jeffery Lee Hronis were convicted of abducting 35-year-old Linda Ann Canady from the Arden Fair Mall parking lot, then raping and murdering her and dumping her bound and gagged body into a drainage ditch in Imperial County. The case evolved into one of the most protracted in Sacramento history. The two were arrested in 1990 but charges were dismissed over evidence problems three years later. Charges were refiled in 1995 and the trial eventually took nine months to complete, generating 49,000 pages of court records.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Breaux
    David Anthony Breaux, 54
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: June 17, 1984
    Date of death sentence: March 12, 1987

    Breaux abducted 37-year-old Connie Lee Decker from the front of a liquor store, forced her to climb into a trash bin behind a business in Rancho Cordova and shot her twice in the back of the head. He later moved her body to a field, where it was found the next day. Breaux, who had prior convictions for robbery and battery on a police officer, was arrested two days after the murder hiding in the clubhouse in McKinley Park.

  • Case
    Charles Edward Case, 70
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: June 20, 1993
    Date of death sentence: Oct. 25, 1996

    Case, convicted in 1979 as the notorious “Midday Rapist,” was released from San Quentin in 1991 and had just completed his parole when he shot Val Lorraine Manuel, 71, and Gary Duane Tudor, 39, in the head during a Father’s Day robbery in 1993 at The Office bar on Bradshaw Road.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Coddington
    Herbert James Coddington, 52
    El Dorado County
    Date of offense: May 17, 1988
    Date of death sentence: Jan. 20, 1989

    Coddington, a professional gambler, pretended to be an Atlanta-based anti-drug videomaker to lure two women and two aspiring models to his South Lake Tahoe mobile home. Maybelle "Mabs" Martin, 69, who represented young girls in Reno as models, came to the home with 73-year-old Dorothy Walsh and two girls, ages 12 and 14, he had auditioned earlier for the video. Coddington strangled the two women, then blindfolded and sexually assaulted the two girls in a soundproofed bedroom he had built. They were rescued two days later when the FBI raided the home. After his arrest, Coddington filed a claim with El Dorado County seeking $5,490 for items he said were stolen from his mobile home after his arrest. The county denied the claim.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Cooper
    Leon Chauncey Cooper, 50
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: March 26, 1998
    Date of death sentence: May 25, 2001

    Cooper, a former ordained minister, was convicted of raping and murdering his stepdaughter, La-Rhonda Johnson, a 15-year-old Florin High School sophomore. Cooper, who was arrested after being seen dumping Johnson’s body into a canal in southern Sacramento County, had been previously convicted in 1996 of sexual battery upon Johnson's 18-year-old sister.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Cornwell
    Glen Cornwell, 55
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: June 1, 1993
    Date of death sentence: April 21, 1995

    Cornwell, a parolee with a history of armed robberies, faced trial twice before being convicted of shooting 63-year-old William Reagan, a retired civil engineer and World War II veteran. Reagan was shot in the neck as he walked into his girlfriend’s 16th Street check-cashing business carrying a briefcase with $9,500 in cash. Cornwell first faced charges in Reagan’s death in 1994, but the case ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Cox
    Michael Anthony Cox, 54
    El Dorado County
    Date of offense: June 12, 1984
    Date of death sentence: Nov. 26, 1985

    Cox, a kitchen worker at a convalescent hospital, was convicted of killing three young women he had abducted, raped and stabbed to death. The victims, triplet sisters Debra and Denise Galston, 14, and Lynda Burrill, 18, were lured away from Main Street in Placerville over a two-month period. Their bodies later were discovered near Sly Park Reservoir. Cox did not testify at his trial and later told a probation officer he was so certain he would be exonerated that he was not concerned with the death sentence.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Crittenden
    Steven Edward Crittenden, 43
    Placer County
    Date of offense: January 13, 1987
    Date of death sentence: June 12, 1989

    Crittenden, a star athlete at his Fairfield high school, was convicted of slaying a couple in Chico after enrolling at California State University, Chico, and being referred to them to do part-time work. William Chiapella, a 67-year-old retired doctor, and his 66-year-old wife, Katherine, were found tortured, bludgeoned and stabbed in their Chico home. Each had a butcher knife stuck in their chest. A day after the killings, Crittenden cashed a $3,000 check made out to him by Katherine Chiapella. The case was tried in Auburn because of extensive publicity in Chico.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Daniels
    David Scott Daniels, 43
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Dec. 28, 1999
    Date of death sentence: Feb. 28 2001

    Daniels was convicted of two slayings in a violent two-month crime spree that began in November 1999 and ended in a shootout with a Sacramento police officer. Daniels killed LeWayne Alan Carolina, 23, on Dec. 28, 1999, while trying to rob him of drugs and money, then killed LaTanya Janelle McCoy, 24, when he drove into her car on Mack Road as he was fleeing police.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Duff
    Dewey Joe Duff, 53
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Feb. 24, 1995
    Date of death sentence: March 8, 2002

    Duff, a career criminal with eight previous felony convictions, was sent to Death Row for the Feb. 23, 1998, murders of Roscoe Riley, 32, and Brandon Hagan, 21. Testimony showed Duff was angry at Riley for not being paid as the middleman in a gun deal. The day of the slayings, the three men were in Riley’s car when Duff asked Riley to stop at a bar so he could use the restroom. When he returned he got into the rear seat, then shot both men in the back of the head.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Dunn
    Aaron Norman Dunn, 33
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: March 25, 2006
    Date of death sentence: July 6, 2010

    Dunn, who had been on a weeklong methamphetamine binge and was enraged at the breakup of his marriage, opened fire with a shotgun on Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove, killing Michael John Daly, 45, and Jon Johnson, 46.

  • Elliot
    Michael Lee Elliot, 52
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: June 1, 1994
    Date of death sentence: Oct. 31, 1996

    Elliot was convicted in the slaying of Sherri Gandy, a 31-year-old single mother who was tending bar at the Black Stallion on Greenback Lane in Orangevale. Gandy, who was moonlighting and had two other jobs, had just closed for the night when Elliot stopped her in the parking lot, forced her back inside and tried to get her to open the safe. Gandy did not know the combination, and Elliot slashed and stabbed her 82 times, then shot her four times in the head. At trial, his lawyers argued that he did not intend to kill her.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Ervine
    Dennis Newton Ervine, 63
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: March 2 1995
    Date of death sentence: May 31, 1996

    Ervine faced trial in Sacramento Superior Court after his case was moved from Lassen County, where he ambushed four sheriff’s deputies who were responding to a domestic violence call from Ervine’s wife. Ervine, who was described at trial as a suicidal Vietnam veteran, opened fire from a second-story bedroom of his home as deputies arrived, killing Deputy Larry D. Griffith, 44.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Gordon
    Patrick Bruce Gordon, 54
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Dec. 18, 1983
    Date of death sentence: May 3, 1985

    Gordon faced trial in Sacramento Superior Court after his murder trial was moved from San Joaquin County. He was convicted in the slaying of William C. Wiley, an armored truck guard gunned down at a K-Mart store in Stockton.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Hawkins
    Jeffrey Jay Hawkins, 55
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: March 4, 1987
    Date of death sentence: Jan. 31, 1990

    Hawkins, who had seven prior felony convictions, was convicted of killing John Robert Hedlund, 42, and Herman Alfonzo Hicks Jr., 39, in incidents six days apart. Hedlund, a disabled former lumberyard worker, was shot to death and found dumped along a road east of Galt on March 4, 1987. Six days later, Hawkins robbed Sonny’s Market on Mather Field Road, then ordered store manager Jerry C. Stevens to kneel on the floor. Hawkins shot Stevens, who survived, then turned his attention to Hicks, a customer who had come into the market to keep warm while waiting for a bus. Hawkins shot Hicks in the head and eventually fled to Riverside County, where he stabbed his brother in the neck as the two argued about whether Hawkins should return to Sacramento to kill the surviving witness. Stevens later testified at the trial in which Hawkins was convicted.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Hines
    Gary Dale Hines, 46
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Sept. 15, 1986
    Date of death sentence: July 8, 1988

    Hines was convicted of killing Kathryn Roberts, 33, and her 14-year-old daughter, Donna, so he could steal the family’s bright pink 1923 Model T Ford. Hines, 20 at the time, went to the Roberts home with a 16-year-old accomplice and bound, gagged and blindfolded Donna Roberts, then shot her to death. When her mother came home, Hines shot her, then drove off in the distinctive car. He was arrested the next day when police spotted the vehicle partially covered by quilts and cardboard at a house on Ascot Avenue. After Hines was convicted, he telephoned one of the jurors, a woman in her 80s, to ask her about the jury’s deliberations. The woman hung up on him and reported the call to the judge. She was allowed to participate in the penalty phase of the trial after assuring the judge the call did not influence her. As a court clerk polled the jury, the woman loudly declared her vote: “Death.”

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Holloway
    Duane Holloway, 49
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: March 20, 1983
    Date of death sentence: July 8, 1985

    Holloway, who had an extensive history of violence against women dating back to when he was 15, was convicted in the slayings of Debra Ann Cimmino, 20, and her half sister, Diana Renee Pencin, 32. He was 22 and on parole for assaulting a friend’s mother with a claw hammer at the time, and he later told investigators he could not remember anything after going to the women’s home because he had consumed six or seven beers and four shots of tequila. Cimmino, a friend of Holloway’s from school who referred to him as a big brother, was found strangled and partially clothed in her car outside the South Sacramento condo the women shared. Pencin’s nude body was found in a bedroom where she had been strangled and stabbed. Holloway did not testify at trial, and when he was sentenced to death the judge in the case wished him “Godspeed.”

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Hronis
    Jeffery Lee Hronis, 52
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Dec. 22, 1985
    Date of death sentence: Dec. 19, 2000

    Hronis and co-defendant John Anthony Bertsch were convicted of abducting 35-year-old Linda Ann Canady from the Arden Fair Mall parking lot, then raping and murdering her and dumping her bound and gagged body into a drainage ditch in Imperial County. The case evolved into one of the most protracted in Sacramento history. The two were arrested in 1990 but charges were dismissed over evidence problems three years later. Charges were refiled in 1995 and the trial eventually took nine months to complete, generating 49,000 pages of court records.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Jennings
    Glenn Wade Jennings, 57
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: June 2, 2004
    Date of death sentence: Nov. 5, 2010

    Jennings, a stickup man who served 23 years of a 34-year term for 16 robberies, had been out of prison for two months when he walked into the DK Discount Liquor Store on Florin Road about 8 a.m. He threw a Pittsburgh Steelers blanket over Kulwant Sufi’s head, then stabbed the 61-year-old woman with a steak knife. Then, he covered himself with the blanket to avoid being caught on security cameras and went to the register, where he grabbed about $100. Sufi tried to stop him, and he stabbed her again 11 times.

  • Johnson
    Joe Edward Johnson, 60
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: July 25, 1979
    Date of death sentence: May 28, 1981

    Johnson was sentenced in the beating death of Aldo Cavallo, as well as the rape four days later of a woman who had gone to a Santa Rosa church to pray.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Jones
    Jeffrey Gerald Jones, 51
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Jan. 21, 1985
    Date of death sentence: Feb. 22, 1989

    Jones, a former mental patient, was sentenced to die after a weeklong series of claw hammer attacks inside men’s restrooms that left three men dead and a fourth badly injured. Jones was sentenced to die in the slayings of Dr. Michael Corbett, 35, who was killed in a restroom at University Medical Center in Sacramento, and the bludgeoning death of Harry Dong, a 47-year-old man who stopped to use a restroom at Sutter's Fort. He also killed physics lecturer Fred Gordon Morris, 34, in a men's room on the University of California, Davis, campus and was sentenced to life in prison after earlier receiving the death sentence in the other slayings. Jones claimed that a metal drill bit implanted in his ear by doctors created voices that told him to commit the killings, and that when he went into the restroom at the medical center looking for a victim he “hoped it was a doctor.”

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Karis
    James Leslie Karis Jr., 59
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: July 8, 1981
    Date of death sentence: Sept. 17, 1982 (Re-sentenced to death April 25, 2007 after original sentence overturned)

    Karis kidnapped two El Dorado County workers on their morning break, then took them at gunpoint to a remote area near Placerville, where he forced both to remove their clothes and then raped one of them. Karis then let them get dressed, marched them to another spot and shot both of them. One of the victims, Peggy Pennington, died, but the other victim survived and later testified at trial. Karis was sentenced to die, but a federal judge overturned his sentence in 1998 after hearing evidence of Karis’ tormented and abusive childhood. Karis faced a second trial in 2007 in Sacramento and refused to allow his lawyers to offer evidence of his childhood abuse or anything else that might win him a life sentence.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Leonard
    Eric Royce Leonard, 41
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Feb. 12, 1991
    Date of death sentence: June 13, 1996

    Leonard was the so-called “Thrill Killer” who terrorized the Sacramento area in 1991 with a series of seemingly random execution-style slayings. In February 1991, Leonard shot two clerks at an Auburn Boulevard Quik Stop, Stephen Mark Anderson, 35, and Zeid Ahmad Obeid, 20, as well as customer Thor Johnson Sr., 42. A week later, he walked into a Round Table Pizza on Watt Avenue and killed three employees: Andrea Coladangelo, 34; Kyle Reynolds, 20; and Sarah Crook, 18.
    Leonard was arrested after a four-month investigation that eventually included 700 suspects.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Majors
    James David Majors, 63
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Jan. 25, 1989
    Date of death sentence: Feb. 4, 1991

    Majors was convicted of the gangland shooting deaths of three people at a Fair Oaks condominium that was being used as a drug distribution house by one of the victims. Majors was convicted in the slayings of Thomas Kenneth Probst, 30; Jeannine Annette "Twiggy" Copeland, 30; and Patrick James Mungavin, 24, despite his claims that someone else had committed the killings. When prosecutor John O’Mara said during the trial that Majors had no remorse, Majors responded, “He’s right. I don't have any remorse. I didn't kill those people. I didn't have anything to do with it.”

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Mills
    Jeffery Jon Mills, 39
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Feb. 11, 1994
    Date of death sentence: March 10, 1997

    Mills was convicted of abducting and killing Sherri Farrar, a 21-year-old mother who was walking on El Dorado Hills Boulevard near Highway 50 after arguing with her boyfriend and getting out of his car. Mills was driving by and abducted and raped Farrar, then slit her throat and dumped her body east of Rancho Cordova.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Osband
    Lance Ian Osband, 45
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Oct. 5, 1985
    Date of death sentence: April 8, 1988

    Osband was convicted in the slaying of 66-year-old Lois Minnie Skuse in her V Street apartment. Skuse had been raped, beaten and stabbed to death. Two weeks after Skuse was killed, Osband attacked a 51-year-old teacher in her classroom at St. Patrick's Elementary School on Franklin Boulevard, raping her and severely beating her before leaving her for dead. The woman survived and at trial Osband claimed he committed the attack because he was “having a bad day.”

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Powell
    Carl Devon Powell, 37
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Jan. 19, 1992
    Date of death sentence: Nov. 10, 1994

    Powell, a former employee of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Freeport Boulevard, was convicted in the slaying of 24-year-old Keith McDade, the KFC manager. McDade was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in his car in the restaurant parking lot, with the day’s receipts of $1,700 in a bag under the car seat. When his death sentence was announced, Powell, then 21, turned to McDade’s shocked widow and mouthed the words, “Are you happy now?”

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Proctor
    William Arnold Proctor, 49
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: April 21, 1982
    Date of death sentence: June 28, 1983

    Proctor, who was 20 at the time, was sentenced to death in Sacramento Superior Court for raping, torturing, beating and strangling first-grade schoolteacher Bonita Bonnie Stendal, 55, in Burney, 45 miles east of Redding. Proctor’s case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994 after he filed a challenge to the portion of California’s death penalty law that allows jurors to consider "aggravating" and "mitigating" factors when deciding between a death sentence of life in prison. The high court rejected his challenge, 8-1.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Rhoades
    Robert Boyd Rhoades, 58
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: May 16, 1996
    Date of death sentence: Sept. 10, 1999

    Rhoades was convicted of abducting and killing 8-year-old Michael Lyons, a third-grader walking home from his Yuba City elementary school. Rhoades, a 46-year-old barber, tortured and raped Lyons for hours before killing him with a fishing knife. He was arrested after police found him sitting in his pickup truck, which had become stuck in the mud near the Feather River a half mile from where Lyons’ body was found. Rhoades had previous convictions for the 1993 sexual molestation of his 4-year-old step-granddaughter and a 1985 kidnap, robbery and sexual assault. His trial was moved from Sutter County because of publicity over the murder there. Rhoades received a second death sentence in 2007 after a DNA hit led to his conviction in the 1984 slaying of 18-year-old Julie Connell, a San Leandro high school senior.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Rundle
    David Allen Rundle, 46
    Placer County
    Date of offense: Sept. 7, 1986
    Date of death sentence: Sept. 21, 1989

    Rundle, a drifter and occasional construction worker, was convicted of the separate rape and strangulation killings of Carolyn M. Garcia, 18, of Roseville and LanciAnne Sorenson, 15. Rundle, who blamed his actions on his use of LSD, also confessed to the slaying of Elizabeth Lactawen, a 21-year-old transient, in Sacramento the same year. Because he already had been sentenced to death in the Placer County killings, he was allowed to plead no contest in Sacramento Superior Court in the third slaying.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Solomon
    Morris Solomon Jr., 67
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Dec. 29, 1986
    Date of death sentence: Sept. 16, 1992

    Solomon was an Oak Park handyman and serial killer who was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and five sexual assaults over the course of a year starting in 1986. Five of the victims were found buried outside homes where Solomon had lived or worked, while a sixth was “discovered” by Solomon in a closet at a house where he had been working. He maintained for years that he was not guilty of killing anyone, but at his sentencing Sacramento Superior Court Judge Peter Mering added on a sentence of 95 years to life to make certain Solomon could never win release if his death sentence was overturned. “I can imagine no one whose release would be more terrifying to the community of Sacramento than Mr. Solomon,” the judge said.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Suarez
    Arturo Juarez Suarez, 43
    Placer County
    Date of offense: July 12, 1998
    Date of death sentence: Nov. 1, 2001

    Suarez was tried in Napa County and convicted of four killings at a Placer County ranch, where he raped a woman, then killed her two children, her husband and her brother-in-law. Suarez invited the family to a ranch where he worked and where he had dug a grave on the property in anticipation of the visit. When the family arrived, he lured Jose Luis Martinez, 37, and his brother Juan, 28, to the gravesite and shot each in the head numerous times. Suarez then went back to the ranch house and assaulted Jose Martinez’ wife, then tied her up. He then led her 3-year-old daughter, Areli, and 5-year-old son, Jack, to the grave, where he bludgeoned them unconscious, then buried them alive with their father and uncle. Suarez later said he planned to kill the woman but she escaped and called authorities while he was off murdering her children.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Thomas
    Alex Dale Thomas, 48
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: May 16 1997
    Date of death sentence: Nov. 29, 2000

    Thomas’ trial took place in Sonoma County after being moved from Sacramento because of extensive publicity. Thomas, a parolee who was a janitor at Rio Linda High School, was convicted in the rape and slaying of 18-year-old Michelle Montoya, a senior at the school. Thomas was making his rounds at the school when he heard Montoya on the phone calling for a ride home from school. Thomas, who had been on the job for three days and had eight previous felony convictions that included a previous killing, cornered Montoya in the woodshop and raped her. He then stabbed her in the back, slashed her throat and crushed her skull with a crowbar. After the jury verdict that he should be executed, Thomas was returned to Sacramento for sentencing, where he was slashed in the face by another inmate while being escorted past a holding cell.
    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Vines
    Sean Venyette Vines, 37
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Sept 28, 1994
    Date of death sentence: Nov. 7, 1997

    Vines was convicted in the slaying of Ronald Joshua Lee, 20, at a Florin Road McDonald’s where Lee was working his first shift as manager. Lee, the father of a 4-month-old son at the time, was shot in the back of the head after he recognized Vines as he and another man were robbing the restaurant. His accomplice received a life sentence.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Webster
    Larry Junior Webster, 62
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Aug. 30, 1981
    Date of death sentence: June 9, 1983

    Webster, a transient who lived along the American River and led a band of four men who committed a series of robberies, was convicted in the stabbing death of Charles W. Burke, 36. Webster met Burke at a gas station and lured him to his camp at Discovery Park, where he stabbed him 25 times, then buried him and fled in Burke’s 1967 Chrysler.
    Webster, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who had won the Bronze Star, later appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming he suffered from post traumatic stress because of his experience in the war. The court rejected the claim.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Yeoman
    Ralph Michael Yeoman, 63
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: Feb. 13, 1988
    Date of death sentence: July 10, 1990

    Yeoman was convicted in the slaying of 73-year-old Doris Horrell, a Citrus Heights widow whose car broke down on Interstate 80 near Arco Arena as she headed to the airport to pick up a friend after leaving a Valentine’s Day party for seniors. Yeoman offered her a ride, then robbed her, shot her in the head six times and dumped her body in a roadway near Arco.

    Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • David Charles Zanon
    David Charles Zanon, 42
    El Dorado County
    Date of offense: July 31, 2007
    Date of death sentence: Dec. 13, 2010

    Zanon was convicted of running down California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Russell while fleeing officers on Highway 50. He was being chased after he was found asleep in his car filled with stolen items outside a Rancho Cordova business that had just been burglarized. Russell was placing a spike strip down on the roadway to puncture Zanon’s tires when Zanon drove into him without slowing.

    El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept
  • Richard Hirschfield
    Sacramento County
    Date of offense: December 20, 1980
    Date of death sentence: January 25, 2013

    Hirschfield was convicted on two counts of murder, with special-circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the course of kidnapping and sexual assault. His victims, John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, were 18-year-old UC Davis students. The case was known as the "sweetheart" murders – two young people kidnapped during the Christmas season, brutally murdered by the killer who first wrapped their heads in duct tape, tortured them, then dumped them in a ditch near Lake Natoma.

    Pool photograph
California’s Death Row is the nation’s largest, with 717 condemned inmates. Of those, 41 are from the region or were tried in area courts for their crimes.
Gallery captions written by Sam Stanton, sstanton@sacbee.com
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