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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man who shot wife near Auburn’s DeWitt Center?

Q: What happened to the man who in 1995 or 1996, I believe, pulled up next to his wife or ex-wife’s car at an intersection by the DeWitt Center in Auburn and shot and killed her?

Cynthia, Sacramento

A: Robert James Fairweather was sentenced to life in prison for the Oct. 7, 1995, slaying of his estranged wife, 33-year-old Melissa Denise Fairweather.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Fairweather initially denied that he killed his wife but later pleaded guilty and admitted that he was lying in wait for her.

Authorities said Robert Fairweather used a 9 mm pistol to attack his wife. Her body was discovered slumped in her car on F Avenue, a short distance from county buildings at DeWitt Center.

Melissa Fairweather, who was performing community service as a traffic violator, was due early that morning at the check-in point for a Placer County work release program. She was shot multiple times about a block from her destination. A jail medical staff employee on his way to work stopped and looked in Melissa Fairwether’s car and found her body.

Robert Fairweather, now 64 years old, is at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy