Q: Years ago, a Russian man killed many members of his family in Sacramento and took his young son to a remote field off of Baseline Road in Placer County and stabbed him to death. I never heard about his sentencing. How long was he sentenced to serve in prison?
Karen E., Roseville
A: Nikolay Soltys committed suicide, hanging himself in his Sacramento County jail cell, before he could be tried for the Aug. 20, 2001 murders of six family members, including his pregnant wife and 3-year-old son.
Soltys, a 27-year-old Ukrainian emigre, was the subject of a 10-day manhunt. During that time, he was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, and a $120,000 reward was offered for his arrest and conviction.
Soltys was captured Aug. 30 in the backyard of his mother’s Citrus Heights home after his brother tipped off police.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Soltys told authorities that he killed an aunt and uncle, two 9-year-old cousins, his wife and son because he believed family members were poisoning him.
He was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, including the murder of his wife’s fetus.
Soltys was found hanging in his jail cell Feb. 13, 2002.