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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who shot Pepsi plant supervisor in 2004?

Q: What happened to the guy who killed his Pepsi supervisor in 2004? Is he still serving his sentence?

Lean, Sacramento

A: Chanthinh “Bobby” Sangthavong pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting death of the man who would have been his supervisor at a Pepsi bottling plant.

Sangthavong admitted shooting Jerry Sarnowski, 32, in the middle of the night Oct. 4, 2004, at his south Sacramento home. Sarnowski, a father of five, had just been promoted to a management position at the plant. Sarnowski was awakened by someone banging on his front door, then repeatedly ringing the doorbell. He was shot in the head when he opened the door.

The prosecutor said Sangthavong had been fired days before the killing, according to a story in The Sacramento Bee. He had gotten in trouble for misuse of a company car, but had hoped to be reinstated in his job setting up Pepsi displays. It was believed that Sangthavong killed Sarnowski because he did not expect the new supervisor would give him his job back.

Sangthavong was sentenced in August 2006 to 25 years to life in prison for the murder and an additional four years for using a gun during the killing. Now 33 years old, he is at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy