What happened to Moses Trotter?
– Arlene, Sacramento
Moses Stanley Trotter pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the July 2012 death of 79-year-old Carole Jane Sturgis at her Fair Oaks home.
Trotter had been accused of murder, but prosecutors said a “significant mental health issue” was a key factor in allowing Trotter to plead no contest to the lesser charge in October, according to a story in The Sacramento Bee. Under the plea deal, Trotter, 34, was sentenced to 27 years in prison and is currently at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.
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Sheriff’s deputies and detectives testified at a preliminary hearing in 2013 that Totter had entered at least one other house in Sturgis’ neighborhood before he ran past her son-in-law at the front door of her residence, locked him out and brutally battered the woman. When deputies arrived at Sturgis’ house in the 7800 block of Olympia Way, they saw Trotter, naked and covered in blood, running away. Sturgis’ body was found on the kitchen floor. A detective testified that the autopsy showed her injuries were consistent with having been stomped to death.
Before killing Strugis, Trotter had been discovered running water in the bathroom of a home about a block away. When the resident ran him out of the house, Trotter ran to Sturgis’ residence.
Less than a half hour before the Sheriff’s Department received the 911 call, Trotter had been banging on his mother’s front door a short distance away, asking her for help, investigators said.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.