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QUESTION: In fall 2003, there was a young man named Correll who killed his girlfriend. What ever happened to Correll?
Submitted by: Sherry Thompson, Citrus Heights
ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Correll Hicks Jr. of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jessica Smith.
He was sentenced in September 2004 to 26 years to life in prison.
According to stories in The Bee, Smith, a nursing student at Sacramento City College, was found dead the morning of Sept. 10, 2002, at her U Street apartment in midtown Sacramento. She had been strangled and a towel was jammed down her throat.
Hicks erupted in a rage after Smith asked him to baby-sit their child on Hicks' birthday, trial evidence showed. The prosecutor said Hicks also was angry with Smith for pressing domestic violence charges against him the previous year.
Police found Hicks in the apartment with Smith. He had slashed his wrists, stabbed himself in the abdomen with scissors and attempted to hang himself, according the public defender.
Now 37 years old, Hicks is at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville.
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