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Sacramento judge sentences Herald man to 50 years in shooting death of uncle

04/25/2014 12:39 PM

04/25/2014 12:50 PM

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny today sentenced Jerry Lee King Jr. to 50 years to life in prison for the Dec. 9, 2012, shooting death of his uncle, Willis Griffin.

Jurors convicted King, 32, on Feb. 21 for the fatal shooting of Griffin, 50, amid a family dispute sparked when the defendant’s mother was trying to get him out of her residence on Purvis Road in the Herald area.

King had a confrontation with his mother on the morning of the shooting and then retrieved a rifle and killed Griffin when his uncle sped up on a motorcycle to help his sister remove the defendant from the property.

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof

Cathy Locke

Marissa Lang

Darrell Smith
Superior Court

Denny Walsh
Federal Court

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