Bob McPhail 12:30 p.m., April 26
April 1 Murder Conviction No Fool's Joke
14-year-old cold case comes to a close on April Fool's Day.
It was no April Fool’s joke for 35-year-old Bryan Dammon Smith in San Diego Superior Court on April 1. He was sentenced to life in prison for a 1994 homicide case.
Smith was found guilty last January of first-degree murder during an attempted robbery 15 years ago. He killed 39-year-old Taysser "Tom" El Farra in June, 1994. Smith absconded with a handgun from a sporting goods store two weeks before the robbery/homicide.
He was discharged from the Marines before the crime; he had been situated at Camp Pendleton.
Smith was on the run for nine years, but the long arm of the law caught up with the cold case suspect. He was arrested in Warren, Michigan, June, 2005.
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