Q: What happen to former Cordova High School football star Robert Rozier, who admitted killing for a cult in Miami and was later convicted of bouncing checks in El Dorado County? - Anonymous, Sacramento
A: Rozier, now 55, is serving a 25 years to life sentence in a California prison, records show. (Photo at left was taken in court in 1999.)
On Jan. 12, 2001, an El Dorado County judge sentenced Rozier, the former Miami cult executioner and protected federal witness, under California's "three strikes" law, concluding a strange bounced-check case, The Bee reported.
Rozier, a former Cordova High School and University of California, Berkeley football star, was arrested for passing bad checks nearly 13 years ago in a Cameron Park subdivision where he was living anonymously as Robert Rameses - his secret identity under the federal witness protection program.
Rozier bounced 27 checks totaling $2,200.
The sentencing and the intense arguments in court had little to do with bounced checks.
Rather, they had to do with the fact that the same man who owned a Sacramento auto-detailing business and worked odd construction jobs in El Dorado County was also an admitted seven-time murderer.
In a Florida plea bargain, Rozier had pleaded guilty to four murders and confessed to three others but won a reduced prison term for testifying against Miami sect leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh and his cult, blamed for at least 23 murders and a series of firebombings in the 1980s.
El Dorado Superior Court Judge Eddie T. Keller - saying that "words like depraved, vicious, ruthless and callous come to mind" - sentenced Rozier to the maximum term under the "three strikes" law.
William T. Yankey, Rozier's attorney in the El Dorado case, said Rozier's appeal of his state conviction is still alive in federal court.
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