FAIRFIELD — A Sacramento woman who for years believed she got away with murder pleaded no contest Tuesday to a voluntary manslaughter charge as part of a plea deal that will land her a 10-year prison sentence.
Dorothy York shot and killed 67-year-old George F. Dawkins during an intimate party with Dawkins and a female friend of York’s on the night of Sept. 29, 2002.
Dawkins, of Oakland, was a self-made millionaire who ran a board-and-care home for retirees in Oakland and who stayed at the Rancho Solano home a few times a month for parties, according to family members and neighbors. York stole Dawkins’ car after killing him and fled to Sacramento, but she left her purse with her identification behind at the crime scene.
In 2003, murder charges against York, then 24, were dropped after Solano County prosecutors conceded Fairfield police had violated her Miranda rights, making an incriminating statement she made to Fairfield officers useless at trial. Without the statement, prosecutor Valerie McGuire said at the time, there was not enough evidence to convict York.
Last year, a Solano County grand jury indicted York on a murder charge after investigators reopened the cold case. The testimony from witnesses that preceded the indictment included descriptions of York bragging about killing Dawkins, getting away with murder and threatening to kill family members and others since she had gotten away with murder in the past.
York’s plea pre-empts a scheduled upcoming trial. After York entered her plea, Judge Wendy G. Getty ordered York back to court Dec. 11 when she is scheduled to be sentenced.
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