Butte County Sheriff's Office arrests Oroville man in 2018 murder case

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 40-year-old Oroville man in a two-year-old murder case, they announced on Wednesday.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 11:52 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2020 4:38 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 40-year-old Oroville man in a murder case from 2018, they announced on Wednesday.

40-year-old Jasson Stepp, has been arrested for the murder of William Chrisman, deputies said.

The investigation into the murder of Chrisman began in January 2018 in the Berry Creek area. The murder was reported on Jan. 4, 2018.
Chrisman was 68-years-old at the time of his death.

Throughout the investigation, detectives said they located evidence linking Stepp to an unrelated burglary.

An arrest warrant for Stepp for a felony count of burglary was obtained deputies said. Stepp has been in custody at the Butte County Jail for the burglary case since January 2020.

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Over the past seven months, detectives and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office have been conducting follow-up on the murder case.

Detectives said on Feb. 11 they booked Stepp into the Butte County Jail for one felony count of murder.

Stepps’ bail was set at one million dollars and he is expected to be arraigned on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Butte County Superior Court.

Sheriff Kory Honea said in part, “I am proud of the persistent determination of the many detectives who have worked throughout the years to bring justice to William and closure to his family.”

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