Second defendant pleads guilty to murder in McElrath case

Thursday, Dec. 11 — A co-defendant has pleaded guilty to the murder of an off-duty police officer and the almost four-year case will be coming to a conclusion. 

Robin Glen James appeared in Lassen Superior Court Thursday, Dec. 11 where he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of murder, as well as a special allegation the crime was premeditated.

He waived his right to appeal and now faces a 25-to-year-life sentence in state prison.

James and Joanna McElrath, the second defendant, were arrested on Jan. 6, 2011, after an investigation into the death of Robert McElrath, Joanna McElrath’s estranged husband.

See the Tuesday, Dec. 16 edition of the Lassen County Times for the complete story. 


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