Sacto 9-1-1
January 25, 2013
'Sweetheart' murderer Hirschfield gets death sentence

By Andy Furillo

A Sacramento County Superior Court Judge today sentenced Richard Hirschfield to death for the murders of UC Davis students John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves 32 years ago.

This morning Judge Michael Sweet said the homicides were "so horrendous, so evil," in earlier denying a motion to modify.

Hirschfield was convicted in November for the Dec. 20, 1980, abduction and murders of Riggins and Gonsalves, both of whom were 18.

He also was convicted of a sexual attack on Gonsalves. The two were kidnapped after they had worked on a production of The Davis Children's Nutcracker. Their bodies were discovered two days later near Lake Natoma.

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