Suspects arrested in fatal burglary, arson

SACRAMENTO — Two cousins were charged Thursday with the June killing of a South Sacramento man whose house they allegedly burglarized and set on fire to cover up their crimes.

Sacramento firefighters found 44-year-old Keith Fessler lying dead in a bedroom of the charred remains of his home in the 7400 block of Carella Way on June 23.

The fire department had put out a mysterious structure blaze that sent lashes of flame into the sky. After finding the body, a crew of homicide, arson and evidence-gathering investigators combed the scene for clues.

The investigation pointed to the likelihood that Fessler was killed during a burglary attempt. The suspects stole Fessler’s car, a burnt orange Honda Element, from the residence and later set it on fire near 68th Avenue and Tamoshanter Way. The suspects also stole some unique guitars and wind surfing boards.

Based on media exposure of the stolen guitars, detectives received a tip on the location of the guitars and the subjects who attempted to sell them. Based on this lead, detectives were able to identify 28-year-old Ronnie Vang and 23-year-old Joson as being involved in the murder of Fessler. Statements, physical and forensic evidence led detectives to be able to charge the two suspects for murder on Thursday.

The cause of Fessler’s death hasn’t yet been released.

“The details of how the victim was killed are still not being disclosed due to some follow-up with witnesses that still have to be conducted,” said Sgt. Norm Leong, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department.

Ronnie Vang has been in custody for methamphetamine for sale and parole violation charges since July 17.  Joson Vang has been in custody since July 22 on various warrants.

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