Q: In the 1990s, Albert and Anthony Jones were shot and killed in their front yard on Tamoshanter Way. Was their murderer ever caught?
Just Wondering, Sacramento
A: You may be thinking of brothers Albert W. Dawson, 24, and Anthony Dawson, 22, who were found dead in December 2002 in the front yard of the Tamoshanter Way home they shared with their grandparents and two sisters.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, neighbors on Tamoshanter reported hearing gunshots in the early hours of Dec. 10, but those who looked outside saw nothing on the dark street. Their grandmother heard the shots but was unable to get to the door. She called relatives because her grandsons were not inside. A girlfriend of one of the brothers came to the home and found them on the front lawn. Both had been shot.
Paramedics arrived and pronounced the men dead.
No arrests were reported in the case. Police at the time were investigating possible gang ties. The Bee reported that the brothers had criminal records and both had spent time in prison.
In 1992, their father, Albert Dawson, was fatally shot after what police called a “friendly scuffle” between two men got out of control. Eddie Freeman was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in that case and sentenced to 10 years in prison.