A number of years ago, a young teenager who lived on Arboga Way in Sacramento killed his mother and half-sister with a knife. What was the outcome of his sentencing?
– Roger, Elk Grove
Timothy Daniel Randall pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and to sexual assault on his mother in the October 1999 slayings on Arboga Way in Sacramento’s South Land Park neighborhood.
Randall was 17 at the time of the killings, but was prosecuted as an adult. He was sentenced in 2001 to 60 years to life in state prison. Now 31 years old, he is at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Cocoran.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Randall readily admitted taking a knife from the kitchen and attacking his mother, 38-year-old Karen Louise Randall, as she slept. In the morning, when his 12-year-old half-sister, Danielle, awoke, the two watched television together for a time. Then Randall choked her until she stopped moving and cut her throat.
Randall reportedly told detectives that he didn’t know why he committed the murders, saying he just “flipped out” due to all the anger he had inside.
In October 1997, when he was 15, Randall had held a knife to the throat of an elementary school student at a Halloween fair and was adjudged a ward of the court. He was visiting his mother’s residence during a weekend pass from his group home when he attacked his mother and sister.
He pleaded guilty after being declared legally sane by two court-appointed doctors.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.