Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: In the early 2000s, a young man was murdered outside a convenience store. I was the jury foreman. He was shot by a Southern California gang member. Can you tell me the situation of the defendant?
Submitted by: James, Reno
ANSWER: Jamar Floyd Sandley was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Sammy Russell Pasioles.
Sandley was sentenced in April 2002 to 25 years to life in prison. Now 30 years old, he is incarcerated at California State Prison, Solano.
According to stories in The Bee, Pasioles was shot at 11:45 p.m. May 2, 2001, near a service station in the 4900 block of 47th Avenue. Sacramento County Sheriff's officials said he also had been beaten in the face.
Sandley, then 18, was arrested at a motel near Interstate 80 and Madison Avenue. Authorities said the shooting was motivated by a prior dispute.