Plea deal reached in 2002 Rancho Solano killing

By From page A4 | November 08, 2012

Dorothy Marie York

Dorothy Marie York

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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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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  • FF64November 08, 2012 - 4:05 am

    Voluntary Manslaughter w/out the firearm enhancement??? She was facing 50 to life, why not deal to voluntary WITH the use of a firearm and let her do 35?? This was way to sweet a deal....

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  • bradNovember 08, 2012 - 8:43 am

    prosecutors either need to grow a pair or get better at their job. what a joke.

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  • Fairfield CitizenNovember 08, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    a 10 year sentence?! Are you kidding me! This women killed the man, steals his car and thats all she gets? What a joke

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  • GemmaNovember 09, 2012 - 5:36 am

    Yes, 10 years is a joke, but I hate to think of how many years she'll actually end up doing! Maybe 5 or 6 if we're lucky?

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  • know the murdererDecember 20, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Maybe they will find out the others she killed while shes in there. She dont diserve to live.

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