Q: What happened to the four suspects in the train-riding murder case?
A: Four people have been sentenced to prison in the slaying of 19-year-old John Paul Alpert of Palmdale.
Alpert’s body was found by a fisherman May 15, 2013, on the banks of Dry Creek near the Roseville railyards;
Alpert had taken a break from college to explore America by hopping freight trains, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. Authorities said he suffered blunt-force trauma and likely died shortly after he arrived by train in Roseville on March 16 or 17 of 2013. Investigators said he was killed in an encampment used by transient train riders.
In March 2014, three experienced train-hoppers were arrested: Laura Lee Kenner in Farmington, N.M., along with Jules Clifford Carillo and Edward Taylor Anauo in Nebraska City, Neb. The fourth suspect, Charity Ann Williams, was arrested three months later in Washington state.
Williams pleaded no contest to murder and was sentenced in July to 15 years to life in prison, according to Placer County Superior Court records available online. She is incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowcilla.
Anauo pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced in July to 11 years in state prison. He is at Deuel Voctional Institution in Tracy.
Kenner pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in 2016 and was also sentenced to 11 years in state prison. She is at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowcilla.
Carillo pleaded no contest in 2015 to assault with a deadly weapon with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in August to four years in state prison, as well as three years for the special allegation of causing great bodily injury, according to online court records. He was credited with 1,431 days for time served and good conduct. His name does not appear in the online roster of current state prison inmates.