Robin Boyer

In July 2013, a homeowner in rural Turlock was involved in an altercation with a thief on his property which ended up with a suspect being shot and killed.

The then 58-year-old homeowner Robin Boyer had confronted the subject and ultimately shot and killed the thief Brandon Pacheco with a shotgun.

Today, Friday, February 3, 2017, a jury found Robert Boyer guilty of involuntary manslaughter, guilty of using a gun, and two counts of assault with a firearm. He was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The defendant had testified in his behalf stating that the suspect had repeatedly entered his property to steal, in this case old batteries. Pacheco a known drug user, was shown by toxicology reports, to have an extreme amount of methamphetamine in his system.

As we continually see in this area and state, we have an ongoing problem of drug abusers constantly victimizing law-abiding citizens to the point where there is major frustration and these things were bound to happen eventually.

As we have all seen in recent years there has been an ongoing movement to decriminalize drug use. Some people feel that drug users are victims of society, where the exact opposite is true. Their constant drain on law enforcement resources, city and county agency resources and repairs of anything that could be stolen for recyclables, in addition to the cost associated by the citizens as a whole in lost property.

Robin Boyers family has started a petition online , on, for signatures of anybody that’s interested in supporting leniency in the sentencing phase of this case. We really need to start showing we are tired of being ripped off and victimized by a group of people that are not held accountable for their activities with their involvements in drug use and abuse.

The sentencing is scheduled for March 8 in judge Cordova’s courtroom.