Judge Denies New Trial for RV Park Killer
An Oroville, Calif., man convicted last September of killing an RV park neighbor in 2009, has lost a bid for a new trial and was sentenced Wednesday (Oct. 26) to serve a minimum of 40 years in prison on a life sentence.
James Thomas Boll, 68, was sentenced by Judge Robert A. Glusman at a hearing in Butte County Superior Court, the Chico Enterprise-Record reported.
A jury convicted Boll Sept. 6 of second-degree murder in the shooting death of neighbor Charles John Morrison, 48, at Mount Vista Mobile and RV Park in Oroville.
Boll's defense during trial was that he shot Morrison in self defense as the result of a mounting conflict with the man, including arguments over Boll's cats defecating under Morrison's trailer, where Boll once lived.
Boll fired a semi-automatic, .45-caliber handgun 15 times, striking Morrison 11 times, including once in the back.
Before sentencing Boll on Wednesday, Glusman considered a motion for a new trial filed by defense attorney Roberto Marquez.
Marquez argued the jury's verdict wasn't appropriate and that Boll should have been found guilty of manslaughter. But Glusman noted Boll fired 15 shots at Morrison, had to reload his weapon and also shot the victim once in the back.
Glusman also said Morrison was shot "out of vengeance and anger from the defendant."
Glusman upheld the second-degree murder conviction and denied a new trial.