Dupree Pierre Barber, the laid-off Cordova Recreation and Parks District maintenance employee convicted of murdering his former boss, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday afternoon.
Barber, 49, gunned down Steve Ebert, 59, around 6 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2012 at Hagan Community Park. Barber had been laid off 12 days before the killing at an emotional meeting where witnesses said he engaged in an angry exchange with Ebert.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette read the sentence to an emotionless Barber.
"You are going to die in prison, Mr. Barber," the judge said. "At the very least, any further pain you inflict will not be in free society."
Barber looked up at the judge, blinked slowly, but did not say a word. He declined to make a statement during the proceeding.
Carol Ebert, the victim's wife, spoke out for the first time in a prepared statement read by the family's advocate.
"His soul is evil. For the sake of society, Mr. Barber should never be free again," the statement said.