Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to CSUS student accused of helping kill friend’s husband?

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - 10:05 pm

What happened to the CSUS student and her lady friend who killed her husband? Are the two still in jail?

– Just Wondering, Sacramento

Sarah Dutra, a former art student at California State University, Sacramento, was convicted in 2003 of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in prison for her role in the 2001 slaying of Sacramento attorney Larry McNabney.

According to a story in The Bee, Dutra was released from prison in August 2011 after serving almost 81/2 years of her sentence. Violent offenders in California typically serve about 85 percent of their sentences and Dutra received some credit for time served before her conviction. Her parents lived in Vacaville, and she was on parole in Solano County following her release.

At the time of McNabney’s murder, Dutra was a 21-year-old student working part time in McNabney’s Howe Avenue office. There she met and became friends with McNabney’s wife of six years, Lara Sims Jordan, a 36-year-old con artist with a record of theft and scams in her home state of Florida.

Prosecutors said that Jordan, who used the alias “Elisa” while married to McNabney, poisoned her husband with a horse anesthetic while they were attending a Los Angeles horse show, and that she and Dutra then hauled him back to the couple’s home in Lodi. McNabney’s body was stored in a refrigerator in the garage of the house until January 2002, when Jordan took it to a vineyard and buried it. A farmworker unearthed his body in February 2002.

Jordan and her teenage daughter left town, and Jordan was captured in Florida in March 2002. She hanged herself in her Florida jail cell before she could be extradited to California.

Jordan’s daughter was granted immunity in exchange for her testimony against Dutra.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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