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Selby Ranch killer sentenced to life in prison

A judge today sentenced Bryan David Denton to life in prison with no chance of parole for the May 19, 2012, robbery murder of Stephen Sieck in the Selby Ranch apartment complex off Watt Avenue near the American River.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Raoul M. Thorbourne added 16 years to Denton’s term for coming back the day after the stabbing death and setting the 60-year-old Sieck’s body on fire.

Jurors on Aug. 8 returned the guilty verdict on Denton, 52. The conviction came in Denton’s second trial. A mistrial was declared in Denton’s first appearance before a jury when the prosecution delayed providing discovery materials to the defendant’s lawyer.

Denton’s co-defendant in the first trial, Stacey Ann Perryman, 46, was acquitted of the murder charge but convicted on the arson count and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Authorities said the killing took while Denton and Perryman were ransacking Sieck’s apartment.