Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully honored 12 people Friday with her 14th annual Outstanding Citizen Awards for stepping up in cases that resulted in successful prosecutions.
The honorees are:
Jane and Dale Wierman, who attended every court hearing for nine years in the murder case of Richard Joseph Hirschfield. He was sentenced to death earlier this year in the 1980 killings of Sabrina Gonsalves and John Riggins. The Wiermans, who attended 125 court sessions this past year, provided daily reports on the proceedings to the families and friends of the victims.
Dr. James Malone, Danielle Jamison-Johnson and Michael Lambert, whose testimony helped convict Saul Isidro-Aucencio and Francisco Delgado of murder in the 2011 killings of Jamir Miller, Richard Ward and Robert Corpos in Rancho Cordova. Lambert also stopped to help provide aid to the shooting victims.
Chanderea Melson, who suffered gunshot wounds herself in the same 2010 shooting in which Lanajah Dupree was killed. Melson's testimony helped result in the murder conviction of Jaivonne Flenory-Davis.
"Jade," an eighth-grader at California Middle School whose timely reporting of a sexual advance made toward her by a motorist while she was walking to school resulted in the arrest and solicitation conviction last year of Jason Shepard, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who was in Sacramento on military business.
Latrice Madkins, who chased down a suspect to break up the robbery of an elderly woman in her Arden area neighborhood and whose description of his car resulted in the arrest and conviction of Haywood Luster. He later pleaded no contest to three robberies and was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison.
"Santino," a 13-year-old boy who hopped on his bicycle and hailed down a stranger to let him use a cellphone to call 911 and report that the youth's baby sitter was sexually attacking Santino's younger sister. The report led to the conviction of Santiago Sanchez, who is serving a 65-to-life prison term.
"L.M.," who identified and testified against her rapist, Ladell Sanders, who was convicted and sentenced to 90 years to life in prison. She also testified in another case against her ex-boyfriend, who was convicted of a murder.
Bob and Mary Lou Canady, who remained active as victims' rights advocates long after the convictions of Jeffrey Hronis and John Bertsch for the 1985 murder of their daughter, Linda Ann Canady. Hronis and Bertsch are still on death row. The two parents also worked last year against the campaign to abolish the death penalty. Mary Lou Canady died earlier this year.
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