Q: In October 1985, a man named Larry Lapoint entered a Coker-Ewing real estate office armed. He shot the place, killing one person. What happened to that man? How many years did he get?
A: Laurence Eugene Lapoint was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 1985 murder of Ray Lockridge, 40, a Coker-Ewing vice president.
Lapoint, now 71 years old, is at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Lapoint entered the Roseville real estate office armed with a rifle and shotgun. Lockridge died in his office of gunshot wounds, while Lapoint held hostage another Coker-Ewing employee, who was wounded in the foot.
Lapoint surrendered to the California Highway Patrol about an hour after the shooting began.
The attack reportedly stemmed from Lapoint’s feud with the firm over alleged deficiencies in a south Roseville home that his ex-wife had purchased from Coker-Ewing. Although divorced form his wife, Lapoint still lived in the home.