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QUESTION: What happened to the people who killed Curtis James Anderson Jr. in 2009?
Submitted by: GodsOwn, Sacramento
ANSWER: Two men pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 20-year-old Curtis James Anderson Jr. at a Florin-area apartment complex.
Jamarl Smith and Dion Daryl Wheelwright were initially charged with murder. Witnesses, however, changed their stories in various court hearings, during a trial that wound up in a mistrial in 2010 and in interviews with investigators, leading prosecutors to have concerns about the provability of the murder charges, according to accounts in The Bee.
Smith, accused of being the gunman in the April 29, 2009 slaying, was sentenced to 11 years in state prison, and his co-defendant, Dion Daryl Wheelwright, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.
According to stories in The Bee, Anderson was gunned down inside an apartment building on Sunnyslope Drive after arguing with the two defendants. Witnesses said the two men had accused Anderson of calling Child Protective Services in separate cases involving Smith's girlfriend and Wheelwright's son. Anderson's father said it wasn't his son who called CPS.
Smith, 29, is at Calipatria State Prison in Calipatria and Wheelwright, 46, is at Avenal State Prison in Avenal.
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