I will never forget the date that my longtime colleague Rex Farrance was murdered: It happened
on my birthday in 2007. The better part of a year passed before we had suspects
in custody. Of the three, one turned state’s evidence, and the other two, including the alleged shooter, stood trial earlier this year. I attended a portion of that trial, which ended in conviction
for the shooter and a hung jury for the accomplice. Said accomplice was retried and convicted
earlier this month. Today came sentencing
. Both men will spend the rest of their lives behind bars. No possibility for parole. The accomplice who testified against his cohorts will also spend a decade or two in a cage. A fourth accomplice was never identified or apprehended. Rex is still dead. Families are forever scarred. Nobody wins. Nobody wins.
[Thank you, Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewitt, for your work on behalf of the People.]