Auburn man to be sentenced in January for murdering parents

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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SACRAMENTO – An Auburn man will have to wait until January for sentencing in the murders of his parents. The killings of Steve and Linda Riley took place in December 2008 and their son, 33-year-old Matthew Riley, was convicted in October of first-degree murder in their deaths. Riley made a brief appearance in a Downtown Sacramento courtroom Friday and agreed to a delay in sentencing that was to have taken place that morning. He faces life imprisonment, according to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office. His defense attorney was involved in another murder trial in another courtroom Friday and prosecutor Chris Ore agreed to a postponement in sentencing of just more than a month. Riley will now be sentenced at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 in Sacramento Superior Court by Judge Gary Mullen. Evidence presented by the prosecution at the trial placed Riley at his New Airport Road apartment in Auburn in the early morning hours of Dec. 9, 2008. Jurors agreed that Riley apparently left there to travel to his parents’ South Natomas home to kill them. Steven Riley, 54, and Linda Riley, 52, died from multiple stab wounds. Their son contended that he had discovered their bodies later in the day after going to their house from his North Auburn home to ask to move back in. Riley, his wife and two daughters were about to be evicted from their North Auburn apartment. The investigation determined Riley staged a fake ransacking of the residence but made the mistake of leaving valuables normally taken by a thief.