McCormick pleads guilty to three counts of first-degree murder

Apr 30, 2014 1:48 PM

A Shasta County man pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder in Shasta County Superior Court this morning.

Joshua McCormick had been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 57-year-old Michael Cass Forsyth and 65-year-old Tomas James Burton. The two men were found shot to death and set on fire at the Ingot Auto Dismantlers on October 25, 2013.

The third murder charge was for the death of 31-year-old Eric Richard Ratledge whose body was found shot and burned in the back of a pickup truck on Bass Pond Drive in Millville on November 3, 2013.

McCormick’s fourth charge of attempted murder was from an attempt to strangle his jail cell mate.

McCormick’s plea was in exchange for a 150-year-to-life-sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23.

McCormick’s co-defendants, Rebecca Wilson, 32, and Byron Lee Willis, 32, will be in court Thursday to have their trial dates set.


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