Q: Was anyone convicted of killing Manuel Alvarado nine or 10 years ago in Sacramento?
A: Estalin Mendoza Nolasco of south Sacramento was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted robbery of 33-year-old Manuuel Alvarado Jr.
Alvarado was found shot to death in his sport-utility vehicle about 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 1998, at Valley Hi Drive and Meadow Park Way.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Alvarado was a custom clothier, family man and former Marine who led a double life in which he sold street drugs at night. During his trial, Nolasco testified that Alvarado pulled a gun on him and demanded $2,000 in cash for an unpaid drug debt, but that he wrestled the gun away and shot Alvarado six to eight times.
The prosecution claimed that Nolasco planned to rob Alvarado, who was carrying $16,000 worth of methamphetamine, so Nolasco could pay for his legal defense on other criminal charges.
Nolasco was sentenced in 1999 to life in prison without possibility of parole. Now 36 years old, he is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.