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UPDATED: Last defendant in Craigslist slaying sentenced to 123-year prison term

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 9, 2011 at 5:52 am with 12 Comments »
September 9, 2011 2:22 pm

UPDATED at 2:20 p.m.

The fourth – and final – defendant in a home-invasion robbery last year that killed a Edgewood father was sentenced to more than 123 years in prison this afternoon.

A jury convicted Clabon Berniard, 24, last month of murder and robbery charges in connection with the April 28, 2010, incident.

James Sanders had advertised a diamond ring for sale on Craigslist. Berniard and three others responded to the ad, then terrorized Sanders, his wife and their two sons.

Sanders was killed when he tried to fight back after seeing one of his sons pistol whipped.

The other three defendants have been convicted and sentenced to prison.

During his trial, Berniard maintained he wasn’t at the Sanders’ home. The jury found him guilty as charged.

Judge Rosanne Buckner sentenced Berniard to 123 years, 10 months in prison.

Staff writer Adam Lynn attended the hearing and will have a story in Saturday’s News Tribune.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. gonefishin69690 says:

    Well done!

  2. Wow, he’ll be 147 when he gets out…

  3. fivecardstud says:

    Right where they belong.

  4. thebestofthebest says:

    Great job!!! Pierce County’s finest and the prosecutor !!!!

  5. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    Finally, closure on a henious crime. Goodbye, jerk!

  6. Thinkn_do says:

    Why are they letting him live?

  7. skippythedog says:

    Why spend the money keeping him alive?

  8. bigwrig says:


  9. whatthehell says:

    aahh, leave him alione he was just tryana help out a friend

  10. Let’s see:
    Three hots and a cot.
    Cable TV.
    Access to legal library so he can sue the victims that survived.
    Free medical.
    Geriatric facilities and care in his later years.
    Hero status from his peers.

  11. johnnywombat says:

    Good riddance. ROT Clabon, ROT. And when you are dead, well, I hope you like it hot.

  12. Tacomamomof6 says:

    I was a victim of one of these losers but I still have my life. I am so thankful that these 4 clowns were shown no mercy when it came to sentencing. The Sanders family will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

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