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Man draws life sentence in bludgeoning death of Meadowview woman

A man convicted of killing a woman he had met a board-and-care home where the two had lived was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury found Matthew Drake, 51, guilty of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of 32-year-old Fallon Boroja at Boroja’s Meadowview home. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros, who found that Drake had a prior strike under California’s “three-strikes” law for felony battery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On April 22, 2014, Drake and Boroja ran into each other at a park. Later that afternoon, they went to Boroja’s house on Matson Drive. The two reportedly kissed and hugged on the couch, then went into Boroja’s bedroom. A short time later, a housemate discovered Borja’s body on her bedroom floor. Authorities said Boroja had been bludgeoned to death with a metal safe box.

Drake was arrested the next morning. He reportedly told a detective that Boroja attacked him with a metal safe box and he defended himself. During the struggle, he said, the safe fell on her head. Drake said he believed Boroja was going to die, so he hit her several times on the head so she would not suffer.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy