Jury: Sanford guilty of murder
RON SWANSON wipes away a tear outside the Placerville Courthouse after Andrew Sanford was found guilty of murdering Ron's son Richard, who was 16 at the time of his death Aug. 14, 1980. Writing something down is murder victim Richard Swanson's mother, Sharon. Democrat photos by Shelly Thorene
On April 23, Andrew Sanford was found guilty of murder in the first degree.
At 11:13 a.m., two days after beginning deliberation, the jury in the Andrew Sanford trial for the murder of Richard Swanson at the South Y Shell gas station in 1980 returned a verdict.
The clerk read the jury's decision: Sanford was found guilty of first-degree murder with the special allegations that the crime was committed during a robbery and burglary both found true.
"Disappointed, but nothing surprises me," defense attorney Erik Schlueter said of the verdict, adding that the decision will be appealed but by a ... Continue Reading