Homeless man receives 80 years for murder | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Homeless man receives 80 years for murder

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A Placerville man was sentenced to more than 80 years in state prison last week for the second-degree murder of a homeless man in January.

During a Thursday hearing in South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury sentenced Kenneth Sharonoff, 42, to 70 years to life in state prison, plus a 10-year enhancement for the shooting of Clark “Otto” McCabe, 69, at a homeless camp near Missouri Flat Road in Placerville on Jan. 23, according to a statement from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Sharonoff shot McCabe twice in the chest with a .44 caliber pistol during a “minor dispute,” according to the statement.

A jury convicted Sharonoff of second-degree murder, as well as felony elder abuse and being a felon in possession of two firearms during a trial that ended June 29.

Sharonoff had previous convictions for a 1986 aggravated assault with a firearm and a 1994 aggravated assault with a large rock, according to the statement.

A longtime friend of the victim spoke well of McCabe during Sharonoff’s sentencing hearing Thursday.

“He described the victim as a kind and generous person who, although having a hard life, was respected and liked, and now very much missed, by those who had know him,” according to the statement. “He mentioned an incident of several years ago when the victim had collected, and used what little money he had to buy, clothing for nine homeless women and their children who were even less fortunate than himself.”

Sharonoff will serve 85 percent of the minimum 80-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.


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