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Man convicted of 2000 West Sacramento slaying denied parole

A man convicted in the shooting death of one person and wounding of another in West Sacramento in 2000 has been denied parole.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced that a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday denied parole for David Cree, 34, of West Sacramento. The hearing was held at California State Prison at Solano in Vacaville.

On Oct. 8, 2000, the 20-year-old Cree and companion Jessie Lampkin were driving along Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento after a night of drinking. They drove by Jimmy Lee Richardson and Gregory Rowan, and Cree thought Richardson might have previously assaulted him, authorities said.

Cree pulled the car over and spoke to Richardson and Rowan, asking them, “Where are the girls?,” according to a District Attorney’s Office news release. Lampkin then pulled out a saw-off shotgun and fired a number of rounds at Richardson and Rowan.

Richardson died that day, but Rowan survived with serious injuries.

In 2003, a Yolo County jury convicted Cree of second-degree murder, discharge of a firearm and attempted voluntary manslaughter. The trial judge sentenced him to 15 years to life in state prison.

The jury also convicted Lampkin of murder, but his case was reversed on appeal. On retrial, a jury convicted Lampkin of manslaughter, and he has since been released from prison.

Commissioners determined that Cree would still pose an unreasonable risk to public safety if released from prison.

Cree will be eligible for a new parole hearing in 2017, although law permits him to request an earlier hearing date, authorities said.

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

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