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DATE: March 27, 2017
CASE: Jeffrey Michael Caylor & Kari Ann Hamilton (Case #14F01906)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Donell Slivka, Homicide Unit
The Honorable Michael Kenny sentenced Kari Ann Hamilton to 13 years in prison. Co-defendant Jeffrey Michael Caylor was previously sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 50 years and 8 months.
On December 21, 2016, a jury convicted Caylor of the first-degree murder of Hassan Alawsi. The jury found true the special circumstance that Caylor shot the victim from a motor vehicle intentionally causing death and the allegation that Caylor personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing death. Caylor was also convicted of attempted murder, assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury, robbery, burglary, vehicle theft and felon in possession of a firearm. Kari Ann Hamilton was convicted of accessory to the murder. Hamilton was also convicted of attempted murder, robbery, burglary while armed with a firearm and vehicle theft.
On March 16, 2014, Hassan Alawsi was sitting in his car at the Home Depot parking lot on Florin Road when Caylor drove up and shot and killed him. Hamilton was in the car with Caylor. A few hours later, Caylor and Hamilton returned to their neighborhood in Carmichael. The two accosted a neighbor, and Caylor pulled out a gun and demanded the victim give them her car keys. When the victim refused, Caylor physically assaulted the victim. The defendants then stole the victim’s car. On the morning of March 17, 2014, Caylor and Hamilton drove to their prior business location in the stolen car. As they approached the business, Caylor observed the neighboring business owner. Caylor and Hamilton had a hostile business relationship with that individual. Caylor pointed a gun at the business owner and pulled the trigger three times, but the gun did not fire. That victim got the license plate of the vehicle and called 911.
The defendants were stopped in the stolen vehicle by Chico police, which led to the discovery of the gun used to murder Mr. Alawsi and evidence linking the defendants to the assault of the second victim and car theft.
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