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Three men sentenced to life without parole for murder, robbery of Carmichael man

Three men who teamed up with female strippers in a planned robbery that led to the death of a Carmichael man have been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Patrick Godines,Travis Mabson and Patrick McPherson were convicted by a Sacramento County jury in November of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Michael Sanderson at his Carmichael apartment. The conviction included special circumstances findings of attempted robbery and residential burglary. The jury also found that Godines used a firearm, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Godines received an additional 25 years to life for the firearms use allegation, as well as five years due to a prior strike conviction, authorities said. Mabson received an additional 10 years due to two prior strike convictions.

Sheriff’s deputies responded on July 29, 2011, to calls reporting a shooting at an apartment complex on Manzanita Avenue. When they arrived, they found Sanderson with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Evidence presented during the trial showed that the defendants robbed Sanderson, then shot him.

Prosecutors charged that McPherson planned the robbery after learning that Sanderson had won a $50,000 workers’ compensation judgment. McPherson was accused of hiring two strippers to distract Sanderson on the night of his death.

Defense attorneys argued that Sanderson, who had been smoking methamphetamine, acted in a paranoid fashion while he and a friend were being entertained by the strippers. They maintained that Godines was trying to rescue one of the girls from inside the apartment and shot Sanderson when the victim lunged at him.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.