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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Rocklin teen who killed mother, dumped body in quarry?

Q: What happened to the teenager who killed his mom, I believe, in Rocklin in the 1990s? If I recall correctly, he subsequently held a party at the house and tried to dump the body into the Rocklin quarry.

Bryan, Carmichael

A: Steven Matthew Schultz was convicted of murder for the July 1997 slaying of his mother, Barbara Schultz, whose weighted body was found floating in a water-filled quarry.

A week earlier, her then 17-year-old son had started driving her car around town and entertaining friends at their Rocklin home.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Steven Schultz told friends that he intended to kill his mother. A day later, he struck 40-year-old Barbara Schultz with a baseball bat and used his hands and an extension cord to strangle her. Aided by friends, he then disposed of her body in the quarry.

Steven Schultz was sentenced in 1999 to 26 years to life in state prison for killing his mother. In 2010, he was sentenced to an additional 50 years to life after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Shannon Graling, a fellow inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento. Authorities said Schultz was in the prison recreation yard when he approached Graling from behind and slit his throat with a box-cutter blade. Graling was a convicted child molester from the Santa Cruz area who was serving a 401-year prison sentence.

Schultz, now 36 years old, is at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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