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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in 2007 slaying of man in home near Rancho Cordova?

Has the John Pogacar murder ever been solved?

– Bill, Bozeman, Mont.

Kirk Jared Rivers pleaded no-contest to murder and burglary in the 2007 slaying of 39-year-old John Pogacar near Rancho Cordova.

Rivers walked into the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in June 2011 and handed a security officer a note in which he claimed responsibility for killing a man in 2007. Sheriff’s officials said he was detained and interviewed by homicide detectives, who determined there was enough evidence to arrest Rivers in connection with Pogacar’s death.

Pogacar was found dead the morning of May 30, 2007 in his home in the 9400 block of Mira Del Rio Drive. He had stab wounds to the upper body.

Sheriff’s officials said the investigation had yielded no arrests and had gone cold until Rivers appeared. While being interviewed by detectives, Rivers reportedly gave information about Pogacar’s death that had not been made public and showed intimate knowledge that was consistent with the crime scene and the investigation. Detectives said they believed Rivers and Pogacar were strangers at the time of Pogacar’s death.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Rivers was sentenced in March 2013 to 25 years to life in prison. Now 25 years old, he is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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