Sharonoff found guilty of murder |

Sharonoff found guilty of murder

A jury of nine women and three men found a Placerville man guilty of second degree murder on Tuesday.

Kenneth Sharonoff, 42, faces life in state prison for shooting Clark “Otto” McCabe, 68, at a Placerville homeless camp near Missouri Flat Road during a dispute about a crossbow on Jan. 23, according to a statement from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies found McCabe with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his chest in a vacant lot behind the Kmart about 1 a.m., said Lt. Bryan Golmitz in a February press statement. McCabe was pronounced dead at the scene.

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury moved the case to South Lake Tahoe because of courtroom constraints in Placerville.

The jury upheld enhancements of discharging a firearm during the commission of a murder and infliction of great bodily injury against Sharonoff, according to the District Attorney’s statement.

The jury also found Sharonoff guilty of felony elder abuse and being a felon in possession of firearms.

Sharonoff will stand trial again on July 15 for prior strikes under California’s three strike law, which imposes mandatory prison sentences on repeat offenders.

The strikes originated from a 1986 aggravated assault with a firearm conviction where Sharonoff shot a man and a 1994 aggravated assault conviction where he struck another man with a large rock during an employment dispute, according to the statement.

If both strikes are validated during the trial, Sharonoff could receive a sentence of 100 years to life in state prison, said El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Bob Priscaro on Wednesday.

Sharonoff’s attorney, Lori London, did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

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