Sency found not guilty in manslaughter case
A jury in Placerville today found former South Lake Tahoe auto mechanic Rodney Sency not guilty on a charge of manslaughter in the 2002 death of Edward Ortega.
However the jury found Sency, 56, guilty of two lesser charges including illegally moving a dead body and not notifying a coroner of Ortega’s death. He faces a maximum of six months in jail for both charges.
Sency maintained he acted in self-defense in the violent episode that led to the death of 45-year-old Ortega, who had worked on Sency’s Silver Fork Road ranch near Strawberry as a mason. Sency was defended by lawyer William Routsis.