Ron Freitas
District Attorney
RON FREITAS District Attorney, San Joaquin County
Protecting Our Community Since 1850 222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 101, Stockton, CA
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News from the Office of District Attorney Ronald J. Freitas
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2024
CONTACT: Erin Haight, Public Information Officer
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San Joaquin County District Attorney Ron Freitas Announces Guilty Plea in Second-Degree Murder Case

Today, in Department 8C, the defendant, Kristopher Sawyer, 38, of Stockton pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted to the 12022.53(d) enhancement (“personally and intentionally discharged a firearm” causing the death of the victim.) Sawyer will face a term of 40 years to life, with sentencing scheduled for April 9, 2024.


Between April 15, 2023, and April 16, 2023, the defendant unlawfully entered the victim's residence in French Camp and callously shot her in the head while she was in her bathroom. Subsequently, the defendant absconded with several items from her home and fled in her truck.


The victim's family reported her missing on April 16th, prompting a swift response from local law enforcement. Sheriff Deputies conducted a thorough investigation, leading them to the victim's residence, where they tragically discovered her deceased.


On April 17th, Sheriff Deputies apprehended the defendant near the victim's truck. Surveillance footage corroborated the defendant's presence at the scene of the crime, capturing him entering and leaving the victim's residence around the time of the homicide.


“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Withrow for their relentless pursuit of justice in apprehending Kristopher Sawyer, says San Joaquin District Attorney Ron Freitas. “I am also immensely grateful for the incredible efforts of the homicide prosecution team. Deputy District Attorney Kathy Murray is a dedicated prosecutor in upholding the law and I know the sacrifices she makes to do so. My thoughts and prayers remain with the victim’s family and friends as they navigate this unimaginable loss.”