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Man sentenced to life in prison for 2012 murder

Carl Murphy, 34, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years plus life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2012 murder of Roderick Alexander, 35.

Murphy was convicted of first-degree murder during the commission of a robbery involving marijuana on May 29 by a Sacramento County jury. The jury also found that Murphy had used a handgun during the robbery, according to a press release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office.

The jury found that Murphy shot Alexander in the head on Oct. 22, 2012. Alexander died five days later.

Judge Robert Twiss, found that Murphy had a previous conviction of robbery with the use of a handgun, invoking California’s Three Strikes sentencing law. Because Murphy had already received the maximum sentence, the law was not applied to his sentencing, said Shelly Orio, public information officer for the District Attorney’s office.

According to Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith’s trial brief, Murphy was a parolee who met Naquine Andrews, an acquaintance of Alexander’s, at a re-entry program called the Sacramento Community Based Coalition.

The day of the shooting, Murphy contacted Andrews to buy marijuana. Andrews brought Alexander with him to the transaction. The two resisted when Murphy tried to rob them of the marijuana, and Murphy shot Alexander, according to the brief..

Andrews drove Alexander to the UC Davis Medical Center. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives later determined the shooting happened in the area of Austell and Moorhaven ways, near Power Inn and Gerber roads.