Pinyon Pines Murders

Full title: THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. CRISTIN CONRAD SMITH et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Court: COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOURTH APPELLATE DISTRICT DIVISION TWO

Date published: Jun 10, 2021

Facts

On the night of September 17, 2006, 18-year-old Rebecca Friedli was killed and set on fire. Rebecca’s mother, Vicki Friedli, and her mother’s partner, John Hayward, were also killed and left to burn. In 2016, the people charged Robert Lars Pape and Cristin Conrad Smith with the murders of the three victims. Pape was Rebecca’s ex-boyfriend, and Smith was Pape’s best friend. The jury convicted Pape of the second-degree murder of Rebecca and the first-degree murder of Vicki and Hayward. The jury acquitted Smith of Rebecca’s murder but convicted him of the first-degree murders of the other victims.

Issue

Decision

Pape’s sentence on count 1 for second degree murder is vacated. The trial court shall prepare an amended sentencing minute order and abstract of judgment for Pape reflecting a prison sentence of 15 years to life on count 1. Smith’s parole revocation fine is stricken. The trial court shall prepare an amended sentencing minute order and abstract of judgment for Smith reflecting that change. The trial court is directed to send copies of the amended abstracts of judgment to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As modified, the judgments are affirmed.

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