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4 convicted in death of man who befriended them

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Four people have been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a 77-year-old Sacramento man who befriended them.

A Sacramento County jury on Wednesday also found that Sandy George, Kevin Moreno, Michael Moreno and Peaches Alexis Moreno murdered Leo Curry Jr. during the commission of a burglary, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

In November 2014, George, 37, persuaded Curry to allow her, along with her daughter Peaches Moreno, 20, and two of her younger children to stay in his Parkway neighborhood home by telling him that they were homeless. Once inside Curry’s home in the 4000 block of Shining Star Drive, George and Peaches Moreno began coordinating the theft of items from the residence, authorities said. George’s husband, Michael Moreno, 39, and her son, Kevin Moreno, 21, began pawning the stolen items.

On Nov. 15, 2014, at least one of the defendants beat Curry to death in his home and hid his body in the garage. Then they sold more of Curry’s property, including his vehicle.

Authorities said the defendants remained in Curry’s home for two days after killing him. They attempted to open a large safe while at the house, but were unsuccessful.

Sacramento police responded to Curry’s house Nov. 17 after members of Curry’s family became concerned that they had not heard from him in several days. Neighbors also reported that Curry’s vehicle was missing from the driveway, where it was usually parked.

Police said detectives discovered that Curry’s vehicle had been sold via an online ad, which led them to book the defendants on suspicion of homicide.

The defendants are to be sentenced July 15 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Savage.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy