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Teen sentenced on first-degree murder of Rio Linda man

Jacob Wilcoxen, arrested on homicide charges at age 16, was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court to 50 years to life in prison in the death of a Rio Linda man.

Wilcoxen had been found guilty Aug. 22 by a jury of first-degree murder in the 2014 death of Bill Stidman, 54, a former Marine and police officer. Wilcoxen was tried as an adult.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives determined that the shooting followed an argument between Stidman and Wilcoxen. Prosecutors say the conflict was related to Wilcoxen being in bed with a 14-year-old foster child in Stidman’s home.

Stidman had four grown children and was stepfather to a fifth. He and his wife, Jean, decided to become foster parents several years before the shooting.

Prosecutors say Wilcoxen and a 17-year-old friend went to Stidman’s Rio Linda home on June 15, 2014 – Father’s Day.

The two teens planned to sneak into the house after the couple had gone to bed and have sex with two teen female foster children cared for by the Stidmans, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Stidman found Wilcoxen in the bed of the 14-year-old girl, according to prosecutors. Wilcoxen tried to leave after Stidman confronted him.

Stidman, who was a licensed security guard, told Wilcoxen he was going to arrest him. Prosecutors said that is when Wilcoxen pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and shot Stidman four times.

Stidman survived his injuries long enough to give a responding Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy basic information about the shooting.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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