Janitor convicted of murder in 2011 death of school principal

April 25, 2012
Man found guilty of shooting elementary principal in Placerville, Calif.

From The Sacramento Bee: A former school janitor in Placerville, Calif., has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of popular school principal Sam LaCara. Staff members and parents from Louisiana Schnell Elementary School, where LaCara, 50, was principal, shared tearful hugs after the verdict was read. John Luebbers faces 25 years to life in prison, and possible sentence enhancements could add 25 years. Prosecutors say the shooting stemmed from a disagreement over the hiring of a night janitor at the school. LaCara sent Luebbers home to cool off, but the janitor returned with a gun, entered LaCara's office and opened fire.


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FEBRUARY 2011:

From The Sacramento Bee: The principal at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, Calif., has been shot to death in his office. Sam LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital from a gunshot wound. Police say the suspected shooter has been identified as John Luebbers, 43, a custodian at the school.

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