2 sentenced in connection with downtown Chico killing

Jun 3, 2015 8:18 PM by News Staff

Two people have been sentenced to prison for their role in a Chico man's killing in the parking lot of 7-Eleven last August, the Butte County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Joshua Michael Epstein, 30, of Los Angeles and Stephanie Marie Vogel, 24, of Paradise, were sentenced for stabbing Randall Sexton, 45, of Chico on August 31, 2014.

Epstein will serve 11 years in state prison while Vogel will serve three years.

Prosecutors say Epstein went into the 7-Eleven on Main Street just after midnight and while inside was "shushed" by Sexton. When they exited the store a verbal altercation ensued between the two and Vogel tried to intervene, but was slapped by Sexton. She responded by striking him with a skateboard.

Epstein then threw several punches to Sexton's abdomen. With one of these blows, Epstein stabbed Sexton with a knife. Sexton fell to the ground and Vogel proceeded to hit him two more times with the skateboard.

Sexton was pronounced dead at approximately an hour later.

Epstein and Vogel then fled the area, and were found by police a short time later. Epstein eventually plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter and Vogel plead no contest to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

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