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QUESTION: What ever happened to Jack Sackrider for the murder of his girlfriend sometime in the early '90s?
Submitted by: Terry A. Fulton, Sacramento
ANSWER: Jack Sackrider pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1999 death of his girlfriend, Tina Ray Foligno.
Under the plea agreement, Sackrider, a resident of Fiddletown in Amador County, was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison, according to a story in The Bee.
Foligno's body was found in August 1999 about 250 feet down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine near Amador City. Family and friends had reported her missing five days earlier, and Amador County sheriff's investigators had already arrested Sackrider, a local tree trimmer, on suspicion of murder.
Foligno, 40, was the mother of four children ages 4 to 18 years old. She was working at the Sierra Trading Post in Plymouth and living in a rural Fiddletown cottage with Sackrider.
Authorities said the couple had broken up, and Foligno had told friends she was leaving work to clear belongings out of her house. They said Foligno was beaten and stomped to death.
Sackrider, 45, is at Avenal State Prison in Avenal.
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