Q: Is the person who murdered Courtney Sconce still in prison?
Curious, El Dorado Hills
A: Justin Michael Weinberger pleaded guilty to the November 2000 kidnapping, rape and murder of 12-year-old Courtney Sconce.
Now 33 years old, he is incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Weinberger abducted Sconce, a Mitchell Middle School student, as she walked to a neighborhood market in Rancho Cordova. He forced her into his car by telling her that he had a gun.
Sconce’s body was found hours later on the banks of the Feather River in Sutter County.
Two days before the kidnapping, investigators had gone to Weinberger’s El Dorado Hills home and found child pornography. That made him angry, according to probation reports, and to get even with society, he decided to abduct a girl.
Under a plea agreement arranged with federal and state public defenders, Weinberger was to serve 10 years in federal prison for trafficking child pornography online, then spend the rest of his life in state prison.