34 years to life for role in deadly robbery attempt

Published: Saturday, Jun. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 30, 2013 - 9:16 am

The lookout in an attempted Meadowview methamphetamine robbery that turned into a fatal, predawn backyard brawl was sentenced Friday to 34 years to life in prison.

Arsenio Barajas, 24, received the term for his first-degree murder conviction in the Jan. 1, 2011, bludgeon killing of Scott Hanson, 24, in the backyard of a house in the 2100 block of Amanda Way. Barajas also was sentenced for attempted murder in the beating of a second man during the course of the robbery.

Barajas argued he didn't participate in the actual killing of Hanson, but Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle told him "you got exactly what you deserved" as an aider and abettor.

Earlier this month, Sawtelle sentenced a second defendant convicted in the case, Joseph Lee Conn, 27, to life in prison with no chance of parole. Jurors did not reach a verdict on a third defendant, Jaime Charles Sandoval, 38, who is accused of acting as the driver for the robbery group. Sandoval's retrial has been scheduled for Aug. 27.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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