Ex-California fire chief sentenced in girlfriend’s slaying

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ex-California fire chief sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to death.

Ex- Cal Fire instructor Orville Fleming was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in Sacramento Superior Court for killing his girlfriend, Sarah Douglas. He was sentenced to 15 years for the murder with an extra year added for using a knife, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shelly Orio said. After Douglas’ body was discovered in the couple’s Sacramento home last May, the sheriff’s department launched a massive manhunt, believing him to be armed and dangerous. The former Cal Fire battalion chief was convicted of second degree murder in June, after a trial that detailed the couple’s brief but stormy relationship.

Hikers and residents in the state’s picturesque Yosemite Valley and surrounding mountain ranges were warned to be on the lookout for anyone matching his description. In the end, just as detectives were set to expand their manhunt to Mexico and Canada, Fleming was spotted getting off a bus in Sacramento, officials said. Fleming was fired as a battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) for failing to report to work since the day before Douglas’s body was found. Following an ethics investigation into Fleming, which was launched after his estranged wife alleged firefighters were having sex with prostitutes at the state fire academy, two firefighters were dismissed and 13 others were punished.

The accusations about prostitutes were found to be baseless, Cal Fire said, but the probe uncovered unrelated cases of employees violating departmental policies, ranging from dishonesty to misuse of state equipment and time.

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