SAN FRANCISCO -- A state appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of an Antioch man who shot and killed a young mother when she caught him burglarizing her Antioch home in 2004.

Alfred Lawrence Jones, 32, is serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering 22-year-old Cheryl Ann Macey on March 30, 2004. He was convicted by jury of first-degree murder with special circumstances, robbery, burglary and other charges.

His appellate attorney argued that the trial court erred in sentencing and jury instructions, an assertion that was rejected by First Appellate District Court justices in San Francisco on Thursday.

Macey was at her job at an Antioch baby furniture store when she received a call that two men were breaking into the Sycamore Drive apartment she shared with her boyfriend and their 3-year-old son, neither of whom were home at the time.

As Macey and a co-worker drove up to the apartment, they spotted Jones and his accomplice, Anthony Perry, walking out of the residence with the family's video game console and other property, according to testimony at Jones' 2010 trial.

Macey shouted at the burglars and was reaching for her cellphone to call police when Jones fired a single, fatal shot. Jones testified that he was innocent.

Perry, 32, of Bay Point, testified for the prosecution after taking a plea deal. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and residential burglary.


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