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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010

    CA - Stephen Rudiger, 43, found murdered, Castro Valley, 28 Dec 1990

    Man's ex-wife arrested in his 1990 Castro Valley cold-case killing

    Police said 58-year-old Cheryl Ann Drace of San Leandro and 50-year-old William Joseph DeVincenzi will be charged with first-degree murder with special circumstances that will make them eligible for the death penalty. Both were being held at the Santa Rita Jail without bail and were expected to enter pleas by Wednesday, authorities said.

    "We're pretty overwhelmed at the moment," Tami Borja, 44, Stephen Rudiger's oldest daughter, said while fighting back tears. "It's very surreal. It's not like somebody can tell you what to expect when this happens. We've waited a long, long time. ... You never can give up hope. Ever."


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    Oct 2014
    Woman Pleads Guilty To 1990 Murder Of Ex-Husband


    Cheryl Ann Drace, 61, entered her plea in late April just before her trial was slated to begin in Alameda County Superior Court and will be sentenced by Judge Allan Hymer on July 14, according to prosecutors.

    Authorities said Drace and William DeVincenzi, now 53, got married in Reno one day after they fatally stabbed Drace's ex-husband, 43-year-old Stephen Rudiger, near Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley on Dec. 27, 1990.

    DeVincenzi pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year and also is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14.

    Drace and DeVincenzi are both expected to be sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

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    Oct 2014
    San Leandro nurse and former lover get 15 years to life for murder of ex-husband


    A San Leandro nurse and her former lover were sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison for the 1990 murder of her ex-husband in unincorporated Alameda County.

    Cheryl Ann Drace, 61, and William DeVincenzi, 53, stabbed and beat Stephen Rudiger near Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley on Dec. 27 of that year.

    “You manipulated people and lied and are nothing but a gold-digging murderer,” Tami Borgia, 47, one of Rudiger’s three children from a previous marriage, told Drace at the sentencing. “You are evil.”

    At the sentencing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer told Drace, who cried but said nothing, she could have faced a harsher sentence had she not entered into a plea bargain. “A jury might well have imposed the death penalty,” Hymer said.

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