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With Friends Like This…Lora Sinner’s “friends” beat and tortured her to death on a camping trip, listening to her beg for her life

15-Year-Old Charged With Murder Describes Women’s Torture, Death
Man Says He Convinced Slaying Victim to Die
Francisco Eric Rubio v Richard Kirkland, et al 2010 (habeas corpus denied)
After 13 years on death row, Redding man’s sentence overturned; guilty verdict stays
Officer talks attack as murderer’s death sentence overturned
Supreme Court overturns Redding man’s death penalty sentence
Redding man’s death penalty sentence overturned
The People of the State of California v Paul Gordon Smith, Jr. 2015 (conviction affirmed; sentence overturned)
Paul Gordon Smith, Jr. – California
The Murder of Lora Sinner in Redding, California

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Among Friends: Law of the Wild

Defendants
Paul Gordon Smith, Jr. – convicted, sentenced to death which was overturned, so he was sentenced to LWOP
Francisco Eric Rubio – pled guilty, sentenced to 15 years to life in prison
Lori Smith – pled guilty, sentenced to 18 years to life in prison5
Amy S. – went through the juvenile justice system – 15 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: SMITH, PAUL GORDON
CDCR#: T75092
Age: 40
Admission Date: 12/06/2002
Current Location: Sacramento

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: RUBIO, FRANCISCO ERIC
CDCR#: T89385
Age: 38
Admission Date: 07/29/2003
Current Location: High Desert

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: SMITH, LORI DIANE
CDCR#: W97876
Age: 37
Admission Date: 02/05/2003
Current Location: Womens Facility

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3 Responses

  1. Just reading the articles about this brutal torture-murder shows you what a complete abomination the American judicial system is. All 4 of the defendants should have gotten the death penalty, and, if that’s not bad enough, just consider that the attempted murder of a prison guard in 2002 ‘by Paul Smith, Jr. resulted in a life sentence, which is more than the sentences of 3 of the 4 defendants got for this brutal torture-murder. It’s another example of justice on the class system.

  2. Poor Lora! My heart breaks for her. Every one of these creatures should have been put to death. 😦

  3. Death penalty they all needed

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