Sacto 9-1-1
September 13, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 2003 killing of North Sacramento can collector?

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QUESTION: Were there any convictions in the December 2003 killing of Thanh Khaleck around Traction Avenue in North Sacramento?
Submitted by: Sam, Sacramento

ANSWER: Two men pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the December 2003 slaying of Thanh Khaleck, 43, who was shot and killed as he collected cans on a North Sacramento bike trail to support his family.

Michael Conrad Robertson and Daniel Joseph Gonzalez were arrested in August 2007. According to a story in The Bee, the two men were believed to have taken part in a crime spree throughout the North Sacramento area in the days before Khaleck's killing.

Gonzalez was arrested on an attempted robbery charge soon after the shooting and was arrested for Khaleck's killing as he walked out the door of Salinas Valley State Prison in 2007.

Robertson was arrested in Pendleton, Ore., where he had been working fighting forest fires.

Robertson was sentenced in 2008 to three years in state prison, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

Gonzalez, who also pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, was sentenced in 2008 to 18 years in state prison.

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