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California Man Gets Two Life Sentences For Murders Of Mom, Brother Over Inheritance

Milo Wallace will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of his mother, Sandra Wallace, and younger brother, Matthew Wallace, as well as the attempted murder of his sister-in-law, Brook Warner.

By Constance Johnson
A police handout of Milo Wallace

A judge sentenced a California man to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 67 years for the murders of his mother and brother and the attempted murder of his sister-in-law over an inheritance dispute.

On May 24, a jury found Milo Wallace, 56, guilty of the first-degree premeditated murders of Sandra Wallace and Matthew Wallace, as well as the attempted murder of Brook Warner, according to a press release from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

He was sentenced on June 20 by Judge Vicki Ashworth.

El Dorado County sheriff deputies responded to a report of a possible double homicide at a home in Placerville, California on November 11, 2015.

Warner told 911 dispatchers that her husband, Matthew Wallace, had gone to visit his widowed mother to help her with some work on the house, but had not returned to the couple's home, according to the Sacramento Bee at the time.

Brook said she went to her mother-in-law's to look for her husband, but took her brother along because of tensions in the family over who would inherit the property, the newspaper reported. (Sandra Wallace’s husband, Leonard Francis Wallace, died in February 2015 at the age of 77.)

Warner said when she arrived at the home, her brother-in-law, Milo Wallace — who lived at the residence, the Mountain Democrat reported — pointed a gun at her face.

She and her brother were able to subdue and detain Wallace until deputies arrived on the scene. After arriving at the home, deputies discovered the body of Sandra Wallace, 71, in her bedroom, having died of a single gunshot wound.

Matthew Wallace, 38, was discovered in the back of the property, dead from two gunshot wounds.

At the trial, evidence was introduced that Milo Wallace was in possession of the weapons used in both homicides, according to the press release.

Dina Savoroski, a neighbor, told the Sacramento Bee in 2015 that she was not shocked by the murders.

Savoroski told the newspaper that she often talked to Milo Wallace while walking her dog, and he frequently spoke of his resentment toward Matthew, who Milo had reportedly felt was not doing enough to help their elderly and ailing parents.

She added that Milo had lived with his parents on and off as an adult, and described Sandra Wallace as a quiet woman who kept to herself.