Q: Back in the early 1980s, my friend Rhonda Lyons was shot in the Mother Lode Bar in North Sacramento. What was the outcome of the investigation in that case?
A: Douglas Arthur Mozingo was ordered to stand trial in the October 1982 shooting deaths of three people at the Mother Lode Bar on Silica Avenue in North Sacramento.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Mozingo, an unemployed carpenter, and a friend had fought with a customer at the bar about 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and were asked to leave. They left quietly, but Mozingo returned with a gun. He reportedly burst through the doorway with a .30-caliber rifle, spraying bullets through the room, then fled, leaving three people dead and nine others wounded.
Killed were Rhonda Faye Lyons, 26, a Carmichael hairdresser; Randall Scott Sherwood, 28, a Carmichael bar owner; and Pamela Ann McCoy, 27, a convenience store clerk.
Three hours after the shootings, Mozingo was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center as the victim of an attempted suicide.
Charged with three counts of murder and nine counts of attempted murder, Mozingo was still awaiting trial and a California Supreme Court decision his request for a change of venue in October 1985 when he was found dead in his Placer County Jail cell after apparently hanging himself.
The day before his death, Mozingo, 32, and three other inmates were captured after a dramatic escape from Placer County’s new $5 million jail. During their brief period of freedom, they stole weapons and cars to use in their escape. Mozingo had been placed in a single cell in a security unit after his capture.