Q: I am trying to see what happened to the man and woman convicted in the killing of their neighbor in Loomis. The man that was killed was building a home, and the man and woman believed that he was encroaching on their land or easement.
A: Gary Allen Bortis was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the 2005 slaying of 52-year-old Lawrence Joseph Ficarra of Aptos during an argument about an easement on a private road in Loomis.
In addition to the murder charge, a Placer County jury in 2007 found Bortis guilty of special allegations that included intentional discharge of a firearm causing death, possession of a machine gun, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a destructive device, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. Bortis, now 59, is at Folsom State Prison.
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The jury also found Bortis’ girlfriend, Mary Anne Stein, guilty of being an accessory after the fact. She was sentenced to 16 months in prison and was paroled in 2008.
Sheriff’s detectives said Ficarra was shot five times during an argument about an easement on Boone Lane. The two reportedly had been feuding over the property line for a year.
Sheriff’s officials said they confiscated 60 assault rifles and six hand grenades from Bortis’ house after the shooting.