Three Convicted in Stripper Set-Up That Led to Murder

Nov 25, 2014 9:14 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento jury has convicted three men who hired a pair of female strippers to distract the man they planned to rob but ultimately killed.

The Sacramento Bee reports the jury on Monday found Patrick Joseph Godines, Jerome McPherson and Travis Mabson guilty of first-degree murder. They each face life terms in prison with no chance of parole for the 2011 shooting death of Michael Sanderson in Carmichael.

Prosecutors charged that McPherson planned the robbery after learning that Sanderson won a $50,000 workers' compensation judgment.

McPherson was accused of hiring two strippers to distract Sanderson the night of his death. The pair, Jeanette Campbell and Aubry Toews, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for testifying.

The women are likely to receive six years in prison.


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