Sacto 9-1-1
March 27, 2013
Carmichael couple enter no-contest pleas in 2009 homicide

A Carmichael couple have entered no contest pleas in the 2009 death of a parolee whose body was found in a rural area of El Dorado County.

Charles Gaskin, 48, pleaded no contest today to the first-degree murder of Neil Hayes, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Gaskin's wife and co-defendant, Sandra Sheaves, pleaded no-contest to a felony charge of being an accessory to murder. Gaskin also admitted an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon, and his wife admitted an enhancement for misuse of information obtained from the Megan's Law website.

Hayes, 66, was released on parole in June 2009 and contacted Gaskin, whom he had met while both were incarcerated in the same prison, authorities said. Gaskin and Sheaves allowed Hayes to stay in their garage because he had no permanent residence.

Sheaves accessed the California Department of Justice's Megan's Law website and found that Hayes was a registered sex offender. She showed the information to Gaskin, a member of a white supremacist gang, officials said.

On July 1, 2009, Gaskin and Sheaves confronted Hayes in the garage and Gaskin repeatedly hit him in the head with a large rock. Gaskin then wrapped duct tape around Hayes' mouth, bound his hands behind his back and wrapped him in garbage bags.

Gaskin and Sheaves drove to El Dorado County and dumped Hayes' body along a rural road near Placerville.

The two are to be sentenced May 3 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras. Gaskin faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison, plus one year for the weapon enhancement. Sheaves faces a sentence of eight years in prison, which she will automatically be allowed to serve in county jail under realignment, officials said.

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