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Crime Q&A: Any arrests in 1982 slaying of Sacramento bail bondsman?

Q: There was a killing in Lemon Hill in the early 1980s of a bail bondsman named Leo. Was there resolution to the case?

Mike, Sacramento

A: No arrests have been reported in the slaying of Sacramento bail bondsman Leo Nordeste.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, Nordeste’s sister found his body in the living room of his El Paraiso Avenue home on Aug. 23, 1982. Sheriff’s deputies said he had a single bullet wound in the back of his head.

At the time of his death, sheriff’s investigators speculated there could have been some connection between Nordeste’s killing and a shootout at his home two months earlier that ended with the death of 31-year-old Keith Silva, a Yolo County resident.

Nordeste and Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang member Rick Menard were arrested for the killing, but the charges were dropped by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy