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Northern California man convicted in step-father shooting charged with father's death


SALINAS, California — A Northern California man convicted of shooting his step-father has been charged in the death of his elderly father.

Salinas prosecutors say they charged Matthew Roberts Thursday with the death of his elderly father, whose body police found decomposed Monday in his home.

Monterey County prosecutor Berkley Brannon says the 34-year-old was charged with murder and felony elder abuse in the death of his 70-year-old father, Jerry Roberts.

The Salinas Californian reports ( neither Salinas police nor Monterey County prosecutors would say when the older Roberts died or reveal the manner of his death.

Roberts was sentenced in 2006 to six years in prison for shooting and wounding his step-father, a Monterey County Sheriff's detective, the year before.

He is being held on $1.5 million bail at the Monterey County Jail.

Information from: The Salinas Californian,

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