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Foothill Farms man found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s former lover

Sacramento County jurors found Robert Gene McCormack, 46, guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Kert Lackey in 2016.
Sacramento County jurors found Robert Gene McCormack, 46, guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Kert Lackey in 2016.

A Foothill Farms man was convicted Thursday of murdering his girlfriend’s former lover in 2016 and now faces up to 60 years behind bars.

Sacramento County jurors found Robert Gene McCormack, 46, guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Kert Lackey, 43, who was shot dead at the home McCormack shared with his girlfriend, Sacramento County District Attorney’s officials said.

McCormack’s sentencing date is Aug. 17 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Pamela Smith-Stewart. He remains in Sacramento County custody awaiting his sentencing hearing..

McCormack and his girlfriend had invited Lackey to dinner at their home, prosecutors said. When McCormack heard what was described as a loud conversation between his girlfriend and Lackey later that night, McCormack struck Lackey twice in the head with a baseball bat, then barricaded himself in the home when Lackey tried to fight back.

As Lackey walked down the driveway to his car, an armed McCormack stepped out of the house and opened fire, shooting Lackey seven times. Lackey died at the scene.

McCormack, who had a 1998 strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jurors also found true a special allegation that McCormack discharged a firearm causing death.

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