Q: What happened to the father, Tom Jordan, and his son who were convicted of killing a 18-year-old Citrus Heights woman on April 5, 1993?
A: Tommy Allen Jordan, a Carmichael welding instructor, was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1993 slaying of 18-year-old Tamar L. Puccinelli near Mammoth Bar on the middle fork of the American River, east of Auburn.
He was sentenced in November 1994 to 18 years to life in state prison. His name does not appear in the roster of current California prison inmates.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Jordan’s 16-year-old son admitted to Juvenile Court authorities that he participated in the killing. He was sentenced to the California Youth Authority until his 27th birthday. The son was not named in The Bee’s stories because he was a juvenile.
Punccinelli was a student in a regional occupation program class that the elder Jordan taught at McClellan Air Force Base, but both he and his son knew the victim.
Puccinelli was shot twice in the head and once in the chest. The Jordans then dragged her body under bushes. where it was discovered the next day by two hikers.
At the time Tommy Allen Jordan was sentenced, the motive for the killing remained a mystery. The elder Jordan, who admitted to having a sexual relationship with Puccinelli, told various stories to police investigators and the Placer County jury. In the initial version, he said he and his son had taken Puccinelli target shooting, that she was accidentally struck with a bullet, and that they then panicked and shot her twice more in the head.
During the trial, however, Jordan said he wasn’t at the scene of the shooting. He said his son had accidentally shot Puccinelli and, frightened by what he had done, then killed her with two more shots.