Sigfredo Concepcion (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A Phelan man who claimed he found his wife dead in a chicken coop on their property -- and later publicly offered a reward for information on the killer -- was sentenced today to state prison for killing her.
San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge John Tomberlin sentenced 75-year-old Sigfredo Concepcion to 50 years to life in prison for the murder of Linda Mae Concepcion.
The victim’s daughters, Georgina Richardson and Sherry Flamard, both read impact statements prior to the pronouncement of judgement today. The following are excerpts from each statement:
“Those hours on the phone with my mother are no more,” Richardson said. “Those dozens of text notifications between us are no more. Those birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas and “Just Because I Love You” cards are no longer in my mailbox.”
“He (Concepcion) deserves to spend his life in prison for what he did, Flamard said. “I know my mother is in Heaven but I also believe a piece of her heart is in a prison knowing she didn’t get to be around her grandchildren. But my children and I have come to settle in our hearts knowing she has become our guardian angel.”
Last month, a Victorville jury took less than three hours last month to find Concepcion guilty of first-degree murder in the July 8, 2012 shooting death of 68-year-old Linda Concepcion. The jury also found true an allegation that he personally shot the victim.
“The jury did a great job of sifting through a complex case and came to the right conclusion,” said Deputy District Attorney David Foy, who prosecuted the case. “The victim’s family is very happy that justice was done. It has been a long time.”
According to evidence presented in the week-long trial, the defendant called 911 on the evening of July 8 to report he found his wife in a converted chicken coop on their rural property on Cayucos Lane in Phelan, the apparent victim of a heart attack.
When San Bernardino County sheriff’s and coroner’s deputies arrived, they discovered she had been shot in the back. A search of the chicken coop on July 13 turned up a pistol and a holster under a mound of debris, as well as a fired cartridge case that was fired from that weapon.
The month after the murder, Concepcion had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his wife’s killer.
But according to evidence at trial, Sigfredo Concepcion’s DNA was found on the murder weapon. The victim’s daughter testified that two days after the murder, she saw Concepcion disposing of bags of clothing. She retrieved the clothes and gave them to sheriff’s deputies.
The bags contained clothing that the defendant was wearing the night of the murder, and the pants and jacket tested positive for gunshot residue.
Prosecutors also introduced evidence that the couple were getting divorced, with the dissolution of marriage to be final three days before the murder. As part of the divorce agreement, the two had agreed to split the proceeds of a future sale of their house.
Deputy District Attorney Foy argued to the jury that Sigfredo Concepcion, by killing his soon-to-be ex-wife, was able to pocket the entire proceeds of the sale, which was completed in Sept. 2012 for $50,000, according to records.