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August 12, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1980s slaying of Placer cabinetmaker?

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QUESTION: In south Placer County, a cabinetmaker was found dead in his home. His name was Robert DeRungs. Did they ever catch the suspect?
Submitted by: Willie, Roseville

ANSWER: Three men pleaded guilty for their roles in the 1986 execution-style slaying of Robert DeRungs during a robbery at his home on Cook-Riolo Road near Roseville.

DeRungs, a 41-year-old cabinetmaker, was killed Jan. 31 by a single shot to the head after two men invaded the home. According to stories in The Bee, DeRungs' 14-year-old son was awakened in his bedroom by one of the armed men about 11:15 p.m. The boy was taken to the family room, where he was placed on the floor and tied up.

The men were tying up Robert DeRungs when they shot him.

The boy managed to work himself free a few minutes later and telephoned relatives, who notified police.

Michael J. Loveless of North Highlands, the alleged triggerman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, with a stipulated sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Now, 51 years old, he is incarcerated at California State Prison, Solano.

George Layton of Sacramento, who authorities said was outside the home at the time of the shooting, pleaded guilty to a residential robbery charge carrying a maximum prison term of eight years.

The third accomplice, Robert S. Allen of Fair Oaks, agreed to testify for the prosecution in exchange for a guilty plea to residential robbery and a reduced maximum sentence of six years in county jail.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing indicated that the robbery netted the three men $100.

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