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QUESTION: I heard the Elk Grove sewer district imposter got 425 years sentence. How did the sentence get to be so long? Did they ever release a mug shot of him?
Submitted by: twv, Sacramento
ANSWER: Caesar Raymond Fontillas, 50, was sentenced in May to 425 years to life in prison after a Sacramento County jury convicted him of multiple counts of burglary, attempted burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.
Fontillas received the lengthy sentence because the court found that he had previous convictions for residential burglary and arson, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.
In the most recent case, Fontillas was arrested by Elk Grove police in 2010. From Sept. 14, 2009, to March 8, 2010, Fontillas prowled through neighborhoods in the Pocket and Elk Grove areas looking for homes to burglarize, officials said. When he found a target house, he knocked on the front door to determine whether anyone was home. On occasions when he was confronted by homeowners as he attempted to commit or complete a burglary, he claimed he was Sacramento Sewer Department employee and had been sent to the residence to make sure the sewers were working properly.
Fontillas did work as a shift supervisor for the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, but he had no legitimate reason to be at any of the homes.
No photo of Fontillas is available.