Execution Style Murder Nets Life in Prison for Trio
District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced that the Honorable Helena Gweon sentenced Sacramaniac gang member Andrew Jeffries and co-defendants Robert Haven and Wendy Fong to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On September 10, 2013, a jury convicted all three defendants of first degree murder with 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.
The murder investigation revealed that Mr. Ortega was the first of three people the defendants discussed killing. Before they could initiate the planned 'hit' on the other two people, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department developed leads that ultimately solved the case and prevented more victims.
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.