Man Sentenced to a Minimum of 34 Years in Killing of Fort Bragg Man
Press release from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
A man convicted of the Christmas 2015 murder of Denis Lee Boardman in Fort Bragg today received a life sentence in state prison in Mendocino County Superior Court.
Convicted by jury this past April of murder in the first degree, Caleb Dain Silver, age 28, was sentenced to 33 years, 8 months to life in state prison on a series of crimes, the most serious of which being the murder conviction.
Before the sentencing hearing could take place, proceedings were held during today’s morning session on Silver’s bid to set aside the verdicts and have a new trial. After reading the defendant’s motion and the District Attorney’s opposition papers, as well as hearing arguments from the attorneys for both sides, Superior Court Judge John Behnke denied the motion after finding the defense motion lacked merit.
During the afternoon court session, Judge Behnke having reviewed the Adult Probation Department’s background study and sentencing recommendation, accepted further arguments from the defense and prosecution as to what should be the appropriate sentence. Behnke heard from the victim’s daughter who presented a moving impact statement.
In a final move reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson playbook, the defendant also personally addressed the Court, in part expressing his regret that Mr. Boardman’s real killer was still on the loose.
The attorney who has handled the prosecution of this defendant from the original arraignment through today’s sentencing hearing is Deputy DA Tim Stoen.
Law enforcement agencies who investigated were the Fort Bragg Police Department, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the California Department of Justice forensic crime laboratories, and the District Attorney’s own investigators.
Behnke presided over the three trials leading up to the convictions.
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