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October 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former winery worker Ramon Salcido was lucid when he slashed the throats of his three daughters, left them to die at a dump, and then pondered killing more of his family, a prosecutor said Tuesday during closing arguments. "Before he even leaves the dump, he's thinking about his next victims," prosecutor Peter Bumerts told the jury of eight women and four men. Salcido, 29, has admitted killing seven people, including six family members, during the April, 1989, wine country rampage.
November 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
After only one day of deliberation, a jury on Friday recommended the death penalty for Richard Farley, who admitted killing seven people while in a rage over unrequited love. As the judge read the verdict, Farley, who has remained unemotional throughout the trial, turned to his attorney, who patted him on his shoulder. Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Biafore Jr. will sentence Farley Jan. 17, after hearing a motion from the defense for modification of the sentence.
June 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man described by authorities as a withdrawn loner was arrested Thursday in connection with the killings of six people, who were gunned down at close range at a local convenience store and a pizza parlor. Sacramento County Sheriff Glen Craig said Eric Royce Leonard, 22, who lives near both shooting scenes, was arrested at his apartment about 9 p.m. after ballistics experts identified a .25-caliber pistol owned by his father as the weapon used in all six of the killings.
As dropout-turned-gunman Eric Houston spoke with authorities, this rural farming town struggled Saturday to make sense of why the brooding young man who liked guns now stands accused of turning his deadly anger on a popular high school teacher and on students he didn't know. Yuba County Sheriff Gary Tindel, speaking at a Saturday press conference, said Houston waived his right to a lawyer and was talking freely to detectives.
January 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
A man who said he would "smile for the cameras" if he went to the gas chamber did not flinch when a judge on Friday sentenced him to death for killing seven people in a rage blamed on unrequited love. But Richard Farley apologized in court for the slayings, which the judge described as "the equivalent of a holocaust." "I do feel sorry for the victims," Farley said unemotionally after explaining that he "wasn't the type" to show outward remorse.
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