Sacto 9-1-1
May 22, 2013
Two convictions, one hung jury in Meadowview drug murder trial

Three separate Sacramento juries have convicted two men and failed to reach a verdict on a third defendant accused in the Jan. 1, 2011, bludgeon murder of 48-year-old Scott Hanson during an attempted drug robbery on Amanda Way in Meadowview.

Convicted of first-degree murder were Joseph Lee Conn, who turns 26 next week, and Arsenio Barajas, 24. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations that Conn murdered Hanson during the course of a robbery. Barajas' jury didn't reach a verdict on the special circumstances allegation.

Today, the third jury concluded deliberations on defendant Jaime Charles Sandoval, but could not reach a verdict, and Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle declared a mistrial. Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley Franzoia said she would retry Sandoval.

Both Conn and Barajas face life sentences.

After his sentencing, Conn is expected to be extradited to Colorado where he is facing murder charges there, Bagley said.

Two other people arrested in the case, Bryan Smith and Tamicia Soto, both pleaded guilty to being accessories to murder and are scheduled to be sentenced by Sawtelle on Friday.

Editor's note: This story was changed at 2:30 p.m. May 23 to reflect that defendant Barajas wasn't convicted of special allegations of murder during the commission of a robbery. Also, he faces life in prison, not life in prison without parole.

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