SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento jury convicted a male parolee of first-degree murder on Monday, the DA’s Office said.
44-year-old Maurice Vale was convicted in the first-degree murder of Trevor Solari, the jury agreeing that Vale killed Solari during the commission of a robbery and personally used a firearm causing the man’s death. They also convicted him of one count of residential robbery, as well as a felon in possession charge.
Vale’s case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Chisholm of the Homicide Unit, who said that in August of 2018, Vale robbed Solari while inside a friend’s apartment at the Eleven Hundred apartment complex.
There was a brief struggle and Vale shot Solari in the chest, fleeing from the apartment, the District Attorney’s Office said. Deputies pronounced the 27-year-old Solari dead on the scene.
Two months later, Vale and Richard Wallace-Dargan of Citrus Heights were arrested on suspicion of their involvement in Solari’s death. Superior Court records show Wallace-Dargan pled no contest to charges of robbery and accessory to murder.
It was revealed at trial that Vale, 10 months prior to the killings, had been released from prison on parole. He served 22 years for a slew of crimes including kidnapping and attempted murder.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, and will return to court in Department 1 for sentencing on August 20, 2021, before Judge Kevin McCormick.