James Allen Schanrock was convicted of murdering 38-year-old Dennis Conrad, a stock broker, on Jan. 7, 2005.
According to stories in The Bee, Schanrock was burglarizing Conrad’s Arden Park home when Conrad arrived home in the early afternoon and surprised Schanrock in a bedroom. Using guns found in the house, Schanrock shot Conrad once in the hand, then followed him through the house, shooting him 10 times from behind.
Conrad’s wife, with their 6-month-old baby, arrived home from shopping a half-hour later and found her husband’s body by the family’s Christmas tree.
Schanrock was arrested later that afternoon as he tried to wade across the American River, dressed in the clothes of an elderly woman whose house he had burglarized while she was away.
Schanrock was sentenced in September 2007 to life in prison without parole, an additional term of 25 years to life for using firearms, plus six years and four months for the eight felonies linked to the encounter with Conrad. Now 32 years old, he is at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City.