Jury convicts Blamey
Before a courtroom filled to near capacity, Ronald D. Blamey was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday evening in the March 27, 2000, killing of his wife Michiel.
Blamey stared straight ahead and showed no emotion as the courtroom clerk read the jury’s verdict.
The jury also found Blamey guilty of use of a deadly weapon.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 17. A second-degree murder conviction carries a possible sentence of 15 years to life. The use of a deadly weapon can add another year to the sentence.
Blamey, 64, a Truckee area contractor, was accused of killing his wife Michiel after an early morning argument March 27, 2000.
Blamey admitted to killing his wife, but said he did so in self-defense, fearing she was trying to pull a gun out of her purse.
After the jury rendered its verdict, Judge John H. Darlington ordered Blamey be taken back into custody until his sentencing date, at which time Michiel Blamey’s son applauded and said, “Yes, back to jail!”
Several members of both the defendant’s and victim’s families were present.
Blamey’s family sat directly behind him and his attorney, Thomas E. Viloria, while the victim’s children, brother and sister sat on the opposite side of the courtroom.
Standing outside of the courtroom afterward, Deputy District Attorney Katie Kull said, “Justice has been served.”
“We are very relieved the jury found him guilty of murder,” said Bob Dohse, Michiel’s brother. “(The trial) was very tough for us. The whole thing, it was just so awkward.”
Viloria, who said Wednesday that he had yet to discuss the possibility of an appeal with his client, didn’t share Kull’s sentiments.
“I disagree with the verdict, but respect it. That’s the way the system works,” Viloria said.
The jury foreman, who declined to give his name, said that while the jury was able to agree on a verdict after only two days, it initially appeared that deliberations could drag on for some time.
Of the second-degree verdict, the foreman said, “That’s what we thought was fair. None of us looked at (Blamey) and thought ‘There is a monster.'”
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