Former CalFire battalion chief sentenced to 16 years in prison for killing girlfriend
A former California fire battalion chief was on Friday sentenced by a Sacramento County Jury to sixteen years to life in prison for the second-degree slaying of his girlfriend.
Orville "Moe" Fleming, who once served the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, was found guilty in the death of his girlfriend Sarah June Douglas.
Fleming, 57, was charged with murder in May last year after Douglas was found dead in the couple's south Sacramento home. Douglas was 26 at the time.
Defense attorney Peter Kmeto claimed that his client committed the murder in an act of passion during a quarrel and that he hadn't planned the murder. The jury's verdict of second-degree murder indicates that jurors didn't believe that Fleming had planned the killing.
Douglas's mother Trudy Werly said, "You [Fleming] went from a hero to a zero. Was it worth it? Was it? She was just a baby. She was my baby." Stephanie, the victim's sister, said nobody would be able to listen to Douglas' laughter, her voice, and conversation as all that was now just memories.
After the victim's family gave their statements, the jury ordered Fleming to serve 15 years to life in prison and an additional one year in prison for aggravated use of a knife.
Sacramento Deputy District Attorney Noah Phillips said he was satisfied with the verdict.
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