Sacto 9-1-1
August 5, 2011
3 suspects in Manzanita Ave. slaying have criminal histories, records show

The men accused in the July 29 shooting death of a man during what detectives suspect was a robbery-gone-bad have criminal histories involving guns, assaults and robbery among the three of them, according to Sacramento Superior Court records.

One of them - 31-year-old Travis Mabson - was discharged from parole in May after initially serving about nine years of a 12-year prison term, according to records from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Arrested in connection with 54-year-old Michael Sanderson's slaying on Manzanita Avenue were Mabson; Patrick McPherson, 24; and Patrick Godines, 26. Sacramento County sheriff's detectives allege the three plotted to rob Sanderson and another person in his apartment, but then shot Sanderson and fled.

Mabson and McPherson, arrested Tuesday, were arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of murder, attempted robbery and first-degree burglary. Godines, arrested Wednesday, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on one felony count each of murder and attempted robbery.

Mabson, the eldest of the three, began his criminal career in Sacramento County in 1997, when he was charged with felony charges of robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of stolen property, according to online Superior Court records.

The District Attorney's office filed another complaint involving the same charges in 1998, and it appears from online records the cases then were joined. The next year, he pleaded guilty to four counts of assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of robbery in the second-degree; two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of stolen property. He was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison, records show.

According to the CDCR, Mabson was paroled in May 2008, but returned to prison that September, likely for a parole violation. He was locked up three days before he was paroled again, the CDCR records show, and discharged from parole in May of this year.

Godines' history dates back to 2004, when he pleaded no contest to charges of carrying a concealed firearm without a license; carrying a loaded firearm in a public place or vehicle; burglary in the second-degree and petty theft. He was sentenced to 90 days of Sheriff's Work Project and five years of formal probation, according to Superior Court records.

Then, in 2005, Godines, aka "Buddy," pleaded no contest to a felony charge of firing into an inhabited dwelling, violating his probation and landing him a five-year prison sentence. Received into prison in September 2005, he was paroled in February 2008 and discharged from parole in March of the following year, according to CDCR records.

McPherson - whose alias is "Twisted" - pleaded no contest to a felony weapons possession charge on Aug. 14, 2008 and received 90 days of work furlough and three years of formal probation, Superior Court records show. That same day, the DA's office filed another complaint against him, and in October he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license, according to the records.

When he was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on Tuesday in connection with the recent homicide, McPherson also was booked on a California Highway Patrol warrant for various traffic offenses.

All three suspects are being held without bail.

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