Q: What happened to that young gang member, Jimmy Siackasorn, who shot a Sacramento police officer? He must be in jail somewhere. Does he have possibility of parole?
Debbie D., Fair Oaks
A: Jimmy Siackasorn was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2007 shooting death of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detective Vu Nguyen.
Siackasorn was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Now 25 years old, he is at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City.
Siackasorn was 16 at the time of the shooting on Dec. 19, 2007, but he was tried as an adult.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Siackasorn was wanted on a warrant for running away from a group home. He was standing outside a house known as a gang hangout at 37th Street and 42nd Avenue in south Sacramento County when Nguyen and his partner appeared in an unmarked car from the sheriff’s gang task force.
Siackasorn ran and Nguyen gave chase. The two hopped backyard fences and landed on top of a chicken coop, where Siackasorn turned and shot the deputy three times with a .22-caliber revolver he was holding for a fellow gang member.