Jury in Northern Calif. finds ex-boyfriend guilty in killing of federal investigator

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OAKLAND, California — A California jury has found the ex-boyfriend of a federal investigator guilty in her killing two years ago.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bayareane.ws/1egPznb) a jury deliberated for less than three hours Wednesday before finding Randy Alana guilty as charged for the murder of Sandra Coke.

Alana and Coke had an off-and-on relationship that spanned 20 years and resulted in one child. The relationship was rekindled when Alana was released from prison in 2012. But prosecutors say Alana knew Coke was cutting him out of her life for good.

Coke was an investigator with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Sacramento. Her body was found five days after she was reported missing on Aug. 4, 2013. She had been strangled.

The 58-year-old Alana faces up to 90 years to life in prison.


Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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