PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kristen Andersen, Homicide Unit
John Meskell was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of Cristian Anton. The jury also found true the special circumstance that the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery.
On February 8, 2010, Meskell and another suspect forced entry into the home of Cristian Anton and his brother in an attempt to rob them. Meskell and the other suspect were armed with loaded firearms. During the commission of the robbery, a struggle over a shotgun ensued and the victim was shot and killed. The case went cold until December 2017, when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit reopened the investigation. With advances in DNA technology, the zip ties used to bind the victim were re-analyzed by the District Attorney’s Crime Lab and Meskell’s DNA was located on one of the zip ties found at the crime scene. Meskell was arrested in January 2020. Two of the firearms used in the crime were recovered and unregistered. One firearm was never recovered.
Meskell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for January 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Department 10 before the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle.