Attorney says Vacaville killing was manslaughter

By From page A3 | February 02, 2013

Sidney Wilson

Sidney Wilson

FAIRFIELD — Sidney Wilson shot and killed Victoria Corral on the night of Sept. 8, 2011.

His attorney conceded that right away during closing arguments in Wilson’s murder trial. But the killing was just a case of voluntary manslaughter, according to the attorney.

Voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum 11-year prison sentence. Murder carries a life sentence.

Corral was shot repeatedly a few minutes after she agreed to go with Wilson and talk with him in the garage of her Vacaville home while four children remained in the home. The couple had been arguing earlier in the day.

Wilson’s attorney told jurors his client acted in the heat of passion when Corral told him she was through with him.

“Sidney was very dependent on Vicki. He was about to lose everything he had in the world,” the defense attorney said.

Prosecutor Terry Ray labeled the motive as “self-serving,” pointing out that the only evidence jurors had heard about Corral abruptly ending the relationship came from Wilson.

Jurors ended the day of deliberations by asking to review the testimony of Corral’s daughter, who heard her mother scream from the garage, rushed to the garage in response and then witnessed Wilson shoot her mother.

Jurors are set to resume their deliberations Monday.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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