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QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of a young man who worked at a computer store in Fair Oaks about 25 or so years ago who, I believe, was found guilty of using a claw hammer on two teenage girls at his Citrus Heights duplex?
Submitted by: Bo, Fair Oaks
ANSWER: Alan Edward Rice was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the claw-hammer slayings of 12-year-old Angelique Diamond and 14-year-old Laraine Roberts on April 16, 1986.
He pleaded guilty to the killings in exchange for a promise that he would not receive the death penalty. Now 56 years old, Rice is at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
According to stories in The Bee, Rice, a 28-year-old consultant at a computer store on Madison Avenue, met the two girls as they were hitchhiking earlier in the day. After giving one of them a business card with his name on it, Rice took them to his duplex on Bonham Circle in Citrus Heights.
About 10:55 p.m., a neighbor heard a woman screaming for help and called 911.
Sacramento County sheriff's deputies found Diamond dead in the back seat of a car parked in the garage. Roberts was alongside the car, within a few feet of the claw hammer that was used as a weapon. She died in a helicopter on the way to a hospital.
Deputies discovered Rice in the attic of the duplex, and it took them more than an hour to coax him out. Authorities said more than 70 hypodermic needles and syringes were found in the house.
Rice told investigators that he had used cocaine and methamphetamine for a period of 36 hours before the crime, during which he did not sleep. He said the beatings occurred after something "snapped mentally" during a cocaine party with the girls at his residence.
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