3 Convicted of Murder with Special Circumstances
District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Sacramaniac gang member Andrew Jeffries and co-defendants Robert Haven and Wendy Fong were convicted by jury of first degree murder and the special circumstance of lying in wait in the execution style murder of Anthony Ortega.
Jeffries, a meth dealer, believed he was betrayed by Mr. Ortega and the mother of his children. On March 28, 2012, Jeffries and Haven lured Mr. Ortega to drive with them to a remote area in north Sacramento on the ruse of finding a car to steal. Once Mr. Ortega exited the vehicle, he was shot in the back and then in the head with Jeffries' .357 revolver. Fong had provided ammunition and loaned her vehicle to Jeffries as part of the murder plan. The trio had attempted to kill Mr. Ortega at least twice the week prior to the murder.
Three other criminal cases were joined in the murder case, including a domestic violence charge against Jeffries and a charge of producing false documents. After the murder, the trio had prepared and submitted a false recantation to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office hoping that Jeffries' domestic violence case would be dismissed.
Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley-Franzoia noted, "Sacramento Sheriff's Detectives Tom McCue, Stan Swisher, Jeff Wallace and District Attorney Investigator Kirk Campbell remained tenacious and resolute in bringing this case to a successful end with appropriate verdicts."
All three defendants face a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for October 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Department 41 before the Honorable Helena Gweon.