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Four get life in prison for killing man who befriended them

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Four people have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a 77-year-old Sacramento man who befriended them.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Savage on Friday sentenced Sandy George, 37, Peaches Moreno, 20, Michael Moreno, 39 and Kevin Moreno, 21, to life in prison without possibility of parole for the November 2014 slaying of Leo Curry at his home in Sacramento’s Parkway neighborhood. A Sacramento County jury in May also found that the murder occurred during the commission of a burglary, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

In November 2014, Sandy George persuaded Curry to allow her, along with her daughter Peaches Moreno and two of her younger children, to stay at his home, telling him 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 Curry’s residence, authorities said. George’s husband, Michael Moreno, and her son, Kevin Moreno, 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 his property, including his vehicle.

Authorities said the defendants remained at Curry’s residence 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 on Nov. 17 after members of his 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 detectives discovered that Curry’s vehicle had been sold via an online ad, which led them to arrest the defendants.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy