The California Court of Appeals has upheld a jury’s verdict in the case of a Sonoma County man convicted of bludgeoning his mother to death and torching her home and her body in 2006, the district attorney announced Tuesday.Steven Krukow, 45, formerly of Santa Rosa, had based his appeal on the claim he did not receive a fair trial when found guilty of second-degree murder, according to Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua. Also at issue were videotaped statements of Krukow and his neighbors that he maintained were not properly admitted, an issue the appeals court denied. Refuting any unfairness, the court upheld the trial’s outcome by specifically noting the “powerful evidence of guilt.”The district attorney’s office said 72-year-old Doris Krukow was sitting on a loveseat in her housecoat when her son took a blunt object and beat her to death. She had asked her son to move out, and was killed on the day he was meant to do so. After killing his mother, Krukow lit several gasoline fires throughout her home, leaving her corpse half-burned. He then left the county.Krukow was arrested about four weeks later on August 17, 2006, by deputies in Mendocino County where he had fled and lived under an assumed name. After a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, elder abuse and arson of an inhabited building, a verdict upheld this week by the Court of Appeals, Krukow was sentenced in June 2007 to five years plus an additional 15 years to life in state prison.
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