SACRAMENTO—A Sacramento man was sentenced on Friday, July 10 to more than 50 years in prison for attempted murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter.
The jury also found Webster Lee, 44, guilty of four counts of assault with a firearm, spousal abuse, false imprisonment, carjacking, robbery, criminal threats, vehicle theft and resisting a police officer by force.
The jury heard evidence during a sanity phase and determined that Lee was sane at the time he committed these acts. The Honorable Helena Gweon sentenced Lee to 55 years to life.
The charges stem from a domestic violence incident at a North Sacramento apartment on the 2300 block of Oakmont Street on February 3, 2014, when Lee became angry, pulled out a shotgun and ordered a woman in the home to tie up his wife. Lee abused his wife by choking her and burning her with cigarettes over the next few hours.
He also shot the other woman, a 35-year-old friend of his wife, when she armed herself with a kitchen knife. He then went upstairs to another apartment and demanded car keys from the residents at gunpoint. He loaded his wife, their teenage daughter, and the wounded female into the carjacked vehicle and then shot a nearby witness three times in the back. The injuries were non-life threatening.
Lee drove the women to Concord, about 75 miles from the apartment in Sacramento. He left them on a street corner at approximately noon. He stole another vehicle—a Ford Ranger—from a parking lot that evening, and was eventually pulled over by CHP in Solano County during a high-risk traffic stop on I-80 near Pedrick Road.
When the tall, 6’7″ Lee got out of the car, he charged officers before they fired at him, and he was shot in the arm. As Lee was receiving medical aid on the scene, a later review of the in-car video showed he had attempted to take an officer’s gun from his holster.