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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to people who killed Sacramento mother in 1990s as child watched?

Q: What happened to the people who shot and killed Margaret Fanning as her 5-year-old daughter witnessed it?

Elinor, Sacramento

A: Two people were sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the shooting death of 29-year-old Margaret Fanning at a midtown Sacramento apartment.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Fanning was shot the night of June 29, 1995, as her 6-year-old daughter looked on and her 2-year-old daughter slept in an apartment next door. Sacramento police said the shooting followed an argument Fanning had earlier with the longtime girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend.

The girlfriend, Marlene Miller, allegedly returned with three men about 10:15 p.m. to confront Fanning. Fanning was outside next to her apartment in the 2700 block of E Street with her daughter and another woman when one of the men approached, asked for Fanning by name and then pulled out a pistol. Fanning ran into a basement apartment and closed the door, but the man fired one shot through the door, fatally wounding Fanning in the chest.

Police arrested Miller and Robert Laurence “Paco” Escobedo. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, both were convicted of second-degree murder and discharging a firearm at an occupied building. They were sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in August 1996.

Escobedo, now 39 years old, is incarcerated at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. Miller’s name does not appear in the online roster of current California State Prison inmates.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.