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Crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of fatal shooting at party near Galt?

Q: What happened with John Dillon, who was arrested for the murder of Steven Strother and attempted murder of another individual in Galt?

Nathan, Sacramento

A: John Michael Dillon of Clayton was arrested in the April 12, 2008, shooting death of Steven Strother during a party at a residence in the Galt area.

According to an account in The Sacramento Bee, a fight broke out during the party at a home in the 12800 block of Alabama Road just before 11 p.m. During the fight, Dillon reportedly shot Strother, 25, in the upper body. A second Galt man also was shot in the upper body but survived.

Dillon was arrested the following day at a home in Concord, and was charged with murder and attempted murder.

In March 2009, he pleaded no contest to manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, and was sentenced to 21 years and four months in prison, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online. Now 29 years old, he is at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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