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West Sacramento man denied parole for 2000 murder

A West Sacramento man was denied parole Tuesday for a 2000 attack that killed one person and left another severely injured.

David Cree was sentenced to 15 years to life after being convicted of second-degree murder and discharging of a firearm. Parole was denied in Cree’s 2014 hearing and issued, then reversed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016. He is next eligible to apply in 2020, though he may request an earlier hearing date.

On Oct. 8, 2008, Cree and Jesse Lampkin drove on Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento after a night of drinking, looking for a man who had previously assaulted Cree. He and Lampkin sawed off the barrel of a shotgun before Lampkin passed out drunk, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Cree pulled the car over near Jimmie Richardson and Gregory Rowan and asked, “Where are the girls?” According to both Cree and Lampkin, Lampkin then fired multiple rounds from the shotgun at the two victims, killing Richardson and leaving Rowan with serious injuries.

Lampkin was originally convicted of murder before the court found his Miranda rights had been violated. He was later convicted of manslaughter and has since been released from prison.

The two-member Board of Parole Hearings ruled Cree, now 37, had not shown significant remorse for his actions and continued to pose a societal risk, noting his prior conviction as a minor in the involuntary manslaughter of a man who had been sexually aggressive toward him.

Commissioner Michael Ruff disputed the accuracy of Cree’s statements as well, questioning how Lampkin could have fired the fatal shots if he was passed out drunk in the car.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052; @BenjyEgel