Rancho Solano killer gets 10 years in prison

By From page A3 | December 12, 2012

Dorothy Marie York

Dorothy Marie York

FAIRFIELD — A woman who shot and killed a wealthy, elderly Oakland man at his getaway home in Rancho Solano in 2003 was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.

Dorothy York pulled a gun on George F. Dawkins during an intimate party with Dawkins and a female friend of York’s on the night of Sept. 29, 2002.

In 2003, murder charges against York, then 24, were dropped after Solano County prosecutors conceded Fairfield police had violated her Miranda rights, which made an incriminating statement she gave 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, York was arrested again after prosecutors took new evidence to a Solano County grand jury panel and got an indictment on a murder charge.

In November, on the eve of a jury trial, York agreed to plead no contest to a felony voluntary manslaughter charge in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.

After killing Dawkins, York stole Dawkins’ car and fled to Sacramento with her friend. Once in Sacramento, York realized she had left her purse with her identification behind at the crime scene. They drove back to Dawkins’ home but police had already discovered the killing.

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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.

Discussion | 3 comments

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  • bradDecember 12, 2012 - 8:44 am

    The court system is a joke! 10 years for murder. Wow.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 12, 2012 - 9:08 am

    Hint: If you’re gonna murder somebody, don’t leave incriminating evidence at the scene. If you do, make sure you’re in Solano County…

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  • JoshDecember 12, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    Hint: Don't murder. Period.

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