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District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that Vadim Zakharchenko was sentenced by the Honorable Matthew J. Gary to 21 years in state prison following a conviction by jury of committing home invasion robberies in Folsom and Elk Grove. The sentence was ordered to run consecutive to a 29 year and 4 month sentence from a Placer County conviction for a related home invasion robbery in Granite Bay. Zakharchenko’s aggregate sentence is 50 years and 4 months.

On May 10, 2006, the victim answered the doorbell of her Folsom home, then forced at gunpoint to let the defendant and his accomplice enter. The victim was duct taped, and threatened repeatedly at gunpoint while the suspects ransacked her home taking jewelry, money, and her vehicle. She later identified Zakharchenko and his accomplice in photo and live lineups. Police also found the victim’s property in the defendant’s home, as well as clothing matching her description of what the suspect wore.

On May 22, 2006, a second victim was in the garage at her Elk Grove home when the defendant and an accomplice approached her from behind and ordered her inside at gunpoint. The suspects tied her up together with her husband and daughter. They ransacked the house for jewelry, money, and electronics then fled in the victim’s vehicle. Detectives later obtained video surveillance of the defendant pawning property belonging to the victims.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Jones stated, “Thanks to the bravery of the victims and the cooperation of numerous agencies from both Sacramento and Placer County, justice has been served. Today’s sentencing brings an end to a series of violent criminal acts.

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