Roseville man sentenced to life in prison for killing father with garden stake, attacking mother

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A Roseville man received a prison sentence of 40 years to life in prison on Thursday for the killing of his veteran father and the attempted murder of his mother, according to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.A jury found 48-year-old Eric Bryant guilty of fatally stabbing his 72-year-old father, retired Col. Charles Cinnamon, in 2018. The DA’s office said Bryant used household items to stab his father, including a garden stake. His mother attempted to call 911, but Bryant attacked her until she lost consciousness.The DA’s office said Cinnamon spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was highly decorated, receiving the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Force commendation and more. After his retirement, he stayed active as a liaison for the Beale Air Force Base.The DA’s office said Bryant was living in a trailer in front of his parent’s house at the time of the attack. Bryant was angry they would not buy him a car. He confessed to the attack and told detectives he had decided to take their car so he could drive to Los Angeles to be a street performer.“The defendant violated a position of trust and chose to violently attack his parents after they had graciously opened their home and supported him,” said Supervising Deputy District Attorney Lisa Botwinik in a news release. “His act was the ultimate betrayal, and he is being held accountable for his horrific actions.”See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

A Roseville man received a prison sentence of 40 years to life in prison on Thursday for the killing of his veteran father and the attempted murder of his mother, according to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

A jury found 48-year-old Eric Bryant guilty of fatally stabbing his 72-year-old father, retired Col. Charles Cinnamon, in 2018. The DA’s office said Bryant used household items to stab his father, including a garden stake. His mother attempted to call 911, but Bryant attacked her until she lost consciousness.

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The DA’s office said Cinnamon spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was highly decorated, receiving the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Force commendation and more. After his retirement, he stayed active as a liaison for the Beale Air Force Base.

The DA’s office said Bryant was living in a trailer in front of his parent’s house at the time of the attack. Bryant was angry they would not buy him a car. He confessed to the attack and told detectives he had decided to take their car so he could drive to Los Angeles to be a street performer.

“The defendant violated a position of trust and chose to violently attack his parents after they had graciously opened their home and supported him,” said Supervising Deputy District Attorney Lisa Botwinik in a news release. “His act was the ultimate betrayal, and he is being held accountable for his horrific actions.”

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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