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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of killing Sacramento teacher in early ’90s?

Whatever happened to the man who killed Sacramento school teacher Greg Beach at his vacation home in Volcano in the early 1990s?

– Wondering, Sacramento

Gregory Beach, 40, a popular fifth-grade teacher at O.W. Erlewine School, was found dead Jan. 3, 1992, at his vacation home in Volcano. Authorities said he had been beaten to death with a sledgehammer.

Harley Davidson Messenger, a 19-year-old former C.K. McClatchy High School student, who had lived with Beach for three months is 1991, was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Beach’s death.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Messenger later sought to withdraw the plea. Despite arguments that Messenger was a suicidal, impulsive, emotionally disturbed victim of child abuse, an Amador Superior Court judge ruled that there was no legal reason to reinstate his not-guilty plea and grant him a trial.

Messenger was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.