November 04, 2020CONTACT:
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Men Found Guilty of Lodi Slayings in 2016 Sentenced
Stockton - This week, Kenneth Vanderford, age 54, and Kevin Etherton, age 28, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by the honorable Seth Hoyt for two 2016 Lodi murders. They were found guilty of the crimes by a jury in March 2020.
Defendants Vanderford and Etherton went on a crime spree in 2016 that left two victims in their wake. On February 12, 2016, Dorothy Wiederrich, age 74, was home alone when the defendants broke in and killed her before stealing items from her residence. At the sentencing, Dorothy's granddaughter stated, "My grandmother was priceless, beautiful inside and out. She was that one person who would listen as she experienced ups and downs with you."
On September 25, 2016, defendants broke into Alan Gregor's home where they stabbed him and set his house on fire. Alan's sister Melinda was present at the sentencing and stated, "I will always remember my brother's smile, his infectious laugh. I cannot imagine what he went through before his death. His death has left scars, mentally and emotionally, on our family."
Vanderford and Etherton were found guilty of the following charges:
- Two counts of Penal Code §187(a) - Murder with special circumstances (burglary and robbery)
- Two counts of Penal Code §459 - First Degree Burglary
- Two counts of Penal Code §211 - Robbery
- Two counts of Penal Code §451 - Arson of an Inhabited Structure
"We believe justice has been achieved as these two defendants will never be able to harm anyone else," said San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "It has been quite a journey for the victims' families and we appreciate their willingness to endure the process to obtain the justice the victims deserved. We would like to recognize the dedicated work of Deputy District Attorneys Kevin Mayo and Ted McGarvey, Paralegal Mikko Rasmussen, and the Lodi Police Department- especially Erika Urrea who relentlessly investigated these senseless homicides and brought this case to resolution."