Woman Convicted In Death Of Sacramento Lawyer Released From Prison

STOCKTON, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — A former Sacramento legal secretary convicted of poisoning her boss in 2001, then stashing his body, has been released from prison.

Sarah Dutra was a 21-year-old art student at California State University, Sacramento, when she befriended the wife of her boss, attorney Larry McNabney, and hatched a plot to poison McNabney with a horse tranquilizer and steal money from his law practice, according to prosecutors.

Dutra was released at 4:45 this morning from the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla.

Dutra and McNabney’s then-wife, Laren Sims, carried out the poisoning on Sept. 11, 2001, at a Southern California horse show, prosecutors said.

As the nation reeled from news of the East Coast terrorist attacks, Dutra and Sims drove through Yosemite National Park in search of a burial spot with the dying man in the backseat, prosecutors said. When they found the ground too rocky for digging, they brought him back to his Woodbridge home and stuffed the body in a garage refrigerator.

Over the next five months, prosecutors said, the pair spent McNabney’s money on shopping sprees, cars and vacations.

After his body was found in February 2002 buried in a vineyard near Linden, authorities arrested Sims, who had a long criminal history and list of aliases. She hanged herself in San Joaquin County jail, leaving behind a three-page confession that also implicated Dutra.

Dutra initially was charged with capital murder. But a jury ultimately convicted her of voluntary manslaughter and being an accessory to murder, and the judge sentenced her to the maximum 11-year term in Chowchilla prison.

Dutra was released to Solano County were she has family. She will be on active parole for three years.

  • cmore

    That’s great. Now we will have another murderer loose in our county. She should have hanged herself like Laren did. Hope she gets into more problems and gets locked up for a long time. Wow, murder and you get 11 years. Actually better then Casey Anthony. But still.

  • nomorelawyers

    oh, go kill another one. We have too many lawyers.

  • Dave

    Only gets 11 years??? Should have gotten life. Now she’s out cruzing bars for her next victim.

  • sterling

    i dont get it, we strike people out and give them 25 to life for sometimes minor crimes but a person kills someone and does less than a decade in prison. but not to worrie she will slip again, and ofcorse us the tax payers will have to support her again………….

  • Society is full of idiots

    She served her sentence. She did exactly what the court ordered her to do. Don’t assume, and if you have a problem with it, change the court system.
    Criminals get half time in California prisons if they behave themselves. Much as I hate it for SOME , it has to be done. We don’t have the space or the resources. Some have actually cleaned up their lives even after something like this. I hope this one does.
    Now leave her be for now and go about your business.
    There is nothing that can be done legally.

  • jackie

    This was a young women that you would never believe could do something like this, from a wonderful family, she was unduly influenced by McNabneys clever criminal wife. I never believed one word of Larens suicide note, she was always a lier and a con artist so why the court systm would take it serious is outrageous to say the least. She has paid for her involvement with Larens plan to do away with Mc Nabney.

  • Larry

    I recall this case. This Laren was trying to recruit some off duty troops of mine(Marine Corps) to help her get rid of a supposed abusive hubby. $50k was what she was willing to pay plus benefits. I believe this Miss Dutra is completely innocent. I saw the movie and did some math and found all this stuff out a few days ago. Welcome back to the real world Sarah. If antone knows Sarah, please say ‘Hi’ for me. If this site will give her my email, I’d appreciate it.

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