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Crime Q&A: What happened to man who killed Sacramento State student in 1986?

Q: In 1987 or ’88, James Evans of Citrus Heights was convicted of killing his girlfriend. What ever happened with the case? Is James still incarcerated?

Mike, Fair Oaks

A: James Allen Evans remains in prison for the Aug. 26, 1986 slaying of 18-year-old Andrea Lynne Ross of Carmichael.

Evans pleaded guilty in May 1987 to charges of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping, forcible rape, forced sodomy and auto theft. Under a plea agreement with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, he was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Now 49 years old, Evans is at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, in Lancaster.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Evans kidnapped Ross, a California State University, Sacramento, student, after she left work at an answering service on Madison Avenue. He robbed and sexually assaulted her, then hit her with a brick and stomped on her with heavy, steel-toed construction boots. The coroner in a presentencing report described the beating as “the worst he had ever seen on a human being.”

The day after killing Ross, Evans confessed to a co-worker, asking him to provide an alibi. The co-worker subsequently told authorities that Evans said he had to kill Ross because she had seen his face during the robbery and sexual assault and would be able to identify him.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy