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QUESTION: What happened to Ron Wayne Beard who shot his wife to death in their home near Cottage Park 20 years ago?
Submitted by: The Blogger, Sacramento
ANSWER: Ronald Wayne Beard was convicted of first-degree murder for the Nov. 2, 1990 slaying of his estranged wife, Beverly.
He was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. Now 76 years old, he is at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
According to stories in The Bee, Ronald Beard admitted to a Sacramento Superior Court jury that he intentionally shot his wife of 32 years during a bitter confrontation at the home they once shared on Ellington Circle in the Arden Arcade area.
The prosecutor told the jury that Beard had basically "executed" his wife with one shot to the head. He said Beard bought a gun shortly before the killing and had threatened his wife on several occasions.
Beverly Beard, a 47-year-old travel consultant, had moved out of the family home and filed for divorce.
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