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Man who ran down bicyclists during crime spree gets 35 years in prison

Cathy Locke and Darrell Smith

Sacramento Bee

Jan 10, 2017

A man who drove a stolen vehicle into bicyclists on a rural road near West Sacramento during a daylong crime spree in 2015 has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison.

Alamar Cyril Houston, 38, of Sacramento was convicted by jury of multiple felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing injury, vehicle theft and reckless evasion from law enforcement officers. Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg ordered the maximum sentence permissible under the law, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Houston faced 19 charges for what prosecutors argued was a drug-fueled spree June 30, 2015, that included a high-speed dash in a stolen truck down Interstate 5 into Yolo County and the theft of a sport-utility vehicle from an airport rental lot before the collision on South River Road.

Yolo County prosecutors say Houston shoved bicyclist Don Dumaine off the road from behind the wheel of the SUV before slamming the vehicle into two teenage cyclists training for an upcoming race.

Authorities said Houston later assaulted a clerk at a West Sacramento drugstore, punching the clerk in the face and stealing a case of water. A West Sacramento police officer spotted Houston in the SUV. He refused to pull over, prompting a high-speed chase into downtown Sacramento, where he abandoned the SUV. Houston ran but was captured after assaulting a police dog, prosecutors said.

Jackson suffered injuries to his ankle. Jensen suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to a hospital, where he was in a medically induced coma for several weeks.

Prosecutors sought the maximum sentence of 35 years based on the callousness and depravity of the crime, as well as Houston’s lengthy criminal record, which included multiple felony convictions and four stints in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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