Revenge murderer sentenced to 40 years to life for 2017 shooting death

A Stockton man convicted of the revenge murder was sentenced earlier this week for a 2017 shooting death.

Robert Arthur Clark, 29, was sentenced by San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Xapuri Villapudua for the May 27, 2017 shooting death of William Sodders, 60, of Stockton. Evidence produced during the trial showed Clark murdered Sodders to exact revenge against the victim because he allegedly assaulted a woman known by the defendant.
Robert Arthur Clark. 

After being shot, responding police officers captured information on their body cameras from Sodders, who was mortally wounded, identifying Clark.  Sodders died a short time later at San Joaquin County General Hospital.

“I have vowed to prosecute the drivers of crime in this county, in particular, those who use firearms to kill. Our deputy district attorneys are well equipped to handle these types of cases, and the judges in this county are willing to impose the strongest penalties,” District Attorney Verber Salazar said. “I hope people will think long and hard before resorting to gun violence to settle personal disputes.”

Clark was conflicted on  On May 15, 2019, in a jury trial for Second Degree Murder (P.C. §187(a)) and found true a firearm use enhancement. 

Interestingly, earlier this month, Judge Villapudua denied a motion by the defendant for a new trial. During that hearing, it was revealed that in October of this year, the defendant married a former juror in the matter who had been removed from the jury during the deliberation stage and replaced with an alternate juror.
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