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Rio Linda homeowner charged in ax murder found guilty

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man who chased down and bludgeoned a 20-year-old Elverta man he mistakenly believed was a burglar was convicted of second-degree murder in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Jurors did not find Steven Zinda guilty of first-degree murder but did find true an allegation of personal use of a weapon in the March 20, 2011, ax-killing of David Valdez.

Valdez's SUV had become stuck in a ditch across from Zinda's Rio Linda home. When Zinda arrived home early that Sunday morning, he found a burglar had struck and he assumed the burglar was Valdez, according to investigators.

Zinda will be sentenced Jan. 11.

Mom, daughter sentenced after pleading guilty to sex trafficking

Mom, daughter sentenced after pleading guilty to sex trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A mother and her daughter were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sex trafficking minors.

The mother, Tammy Rena Brown, 45, pleaded guilty to concealing a felony; her home was for at least one sexual encounter with a victim.

The daughter, Latrelle Alicia Hornbuckle, 24, pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness; Hornbuckle told a victim to lie about knowing the rest of the family involved in the prostitution or to say nothing.

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Hornbuckle and Brown were two of six people who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking minors in May, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.

Girl, 3, hit with bike thrown during parents' argument

SACRAMENTO - A Natomas man was arrested Sunday after police say he accidentally injured his daughter in the midst of a heated argument with his wife.

Sacramento police officers were called to the 1300 block of Helmsman Way in Natomas at 6:42 p.m. in response to a report of a child who was injured by her father, according to police reports.

According to the Sacramento Police Dept., officers arrived at the scene ,and after speaking with Earven Hunter, 53, and his wife, determined the couple's 3-year-old daughter was inadvertently hit with a bicycle thrown by Hunter during an argument with his wife.

Hunter was arrested for felony child endangerment, said police.

The girl sustained minor injuries.

Police did not indicate what type of bike was thrown.

2nd man arrested in Sacramento abduction, sexual assault

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento police say analysis of DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a second suspect in a January 24 kidnapping and rape.

Rajdev Singh Purewal, 21, was apprehended Nov. 7 in connection to the crime in which a woman was abducted in the north Sacramento area at gunpoint, blindfolded and tied up before being driven for about 40 minutes before two men raped her.

Sarbjit Singh Sandhu of Yuba City was arrested in August for his alleged role in the attack.

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Ex-NFL player convicted of sex assault sentenced to life

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A former NFL player that was convicted of 19 sexual assaults was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

Keith Wright was convicted by a jury for charges including forcible oral copulation, armed robbery, kidnapping, first degree burglary, and false imprisonment in October, Sacramento County District Attorney spokesperson Shelly Orio said.

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DNA evidence collected from one crime, the kidnapping and sexual assault of one victim, linked Wright to one of the crimes.

Orio said Wright was sentenced to 114 years to life, plus 120 years and eight months in prison.

Sacramento woman sentenced in sex trafficking

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento woman convicted of trafficking teenage prostitutes in the San Francisco Bay area has been sentenced to nine years in prison.  

Federal prosecutors say a judge issued the sentence against 22-year-old Helen Jean Singh on Wednesday. Singh pleaded guilty to sex trafficking conspiracy earlier this year.  

She and her husband, Mike Singh, were accused of luring four teenage girls into prostitution by promising them money, drugs and a family environment. But prosecutors say the Singhs used force and threats to keep the girls working.  

Mike Singh pleaded guilty to sex trafficking in January and also received a nine-year sentence.

Police: Mom, boyfriend arrested, child removed from filthy home

SACRAMENTO, CA - A 4-year-old boy was placed in protective services Sunday after he was allegedly punched by his mother's boyfriend.

The incident took place on the 600 block of Plaza Avenue at approximately 3:36 p.m., according to police. The child was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries, they said.

The boyfriend, Joe Weaver, 30, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse.

Officer Michele Gigante said the mother was arrested, too, for child endangerment. Responding officers reported they found rotting food, dirty diapers, garbage and animal feces in the apartment where Mendoza and her son live.

Child Protective Services is investigating the situation, Gigante said.