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Mario Raul Moreno Sentenced For 2007 Thrill Kill Murder of Amber Lee Chappell

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The second of two defendants charged with the “thrill kill” slayings of two Solano County women in 2007 was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison, Solano County Deputy District Attorney Krishna Abrams said today. Mario Raul Moreno, 33, of Vallejo pleaded no contest in April 2010 to voluntary manslaughter of Amber Lee Chappell, 34, in Cordelia, and Christine Baxley, 41, in Dixon in November 2007. He admitted using a gun in the Chappell slaying, Abrams said. His sentence was part of a plea agreement to testify against his co-defendant, Paige Tillie Linville, 30, of Vallejo.

At Linville’s preliminary hearing in July 2010, and at her trial in February, Moreno testified he killed Chappell and Linville killed Baxley because the pair wanted to know how it felt to kill someone. Chappell’s body was found Nov.16, 2007, at the end of Ramsey Road near Gold Hill Road in rural Solano County, and Baxley’s body was found later that day in the 1500 block of Valley Glen Drive in Dixon. Linville was convicted on Feb. 22 of killing Baxley, who was walking her dog when she was shot.

The jury could not reach a verdict on the Chappell slaying. She was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison. The prosecution alleged the slayings were fueled by methamphetamine use. Both defendants were arrested in December 2007. Linville received a state prison term after she pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murders and possession of methamphetamine, but based on new information, she was arrested and charged on March 30, 2010, with both murders.

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