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Crime Q&A: What happened to Antelope teen accused of killing neighbor, trying to burn body?

Q: There was a boy who lived in Antelope whose father was in law enforcement. He killed his next-door neighbor and attempted to burn her body. His name may have been Michael Rogers. What happened with that case?

Jenny, Folsom

A: Michael Andre Rogers pleaded no contest to murder, burglary, arson and attempted rape in the August 1999 slaying of his neighbor Kimberly Ann Ochoa.

Rogers, the son of a Sacramento police officer, was 15 at the time of the killing and was found unfit for juvenile court. He was on probation for a previous attack on a 19-year-old baby sitter.

Rogers was sentenced to 42 years to life in prison. According the plea agreement, he was to spend the first 10 years and eight months of his sentence in a state mental hospital. Then he was to be transferred to prison to begin a 32-years-to-life term. Now 33 years old, he is at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.

Ochoa, 29, had been married just three weeks when she was found strangled, stabbed and beaten in her Antelope home. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, a trail of blood led from the crime seen to Roger’s bedroom.

Investigators said he attempted to cover up the slaying by dousing the crime scene with gasoline and cleaning fluid, but firefighters arrived before the fire caused major damage.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy