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Two convicted in execution of man during Sacramento-area home invasion robbery

Two men have been found guilty in connection with the shooting death of 45-year-old Byron Darbonne during a 2014 home invasion robbery in south Sacramento County.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury on Thursday found Anthony Wayne Jacob, 53, and Antjuan A. Sydnor, 47, guilty of murder and robbery.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded about 5:45 p.m. Sept. 23, 2014, to the 8200 block of Auberry Drive, near Highway 99 and Calvine Road, regarding a report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

A female caller reported that two armed men entered the home and shot Darbonne. The woman was able to escape out the back door of the residence.

Deputies found Darbonne dead from a single gunshot wound.

According to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release, the two men followed Darbonne from a grocery store to his home where they forced their way inside armed with a gun.

Once inside, Darbonne and his girlfriend were restrained with duct tape. Darbonne could not come up with enough money to satisfy the demands of the intruders.

At that point, according to the DA’s news release, Sydnor shot Darbonne in the back of the head. Security video of the get-away van and driver, cellphone information and DNA evidence tied the two to the killing, according to the DA.

Both men face a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews