Punishment for convicted Coarsegold murderer learned

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – A convicted murderer was punished in court on Monday. Brandon Engelman, the Coarsegold man responsible for the first murder of 2021 in Fresno County, appeared before a judge to learn his prison sentence.

“Parole is denied. I will sentence him to a term of confinement in the California Department of Corrections,” said Fresno County Superior Court Judge Charles Lee.

In total, Brandon Engelman will have to spend ten years in state prison for the shooting death of Pacer Hampton in April 2021. Investigators found the 56-year-old in a car that had crashed into a fence near Olive Avenue and Polk Avenue.

According to authorities, Hampton was slumped over and had numerous gunshot wounds.

A month later, Engelman was arrested by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office and prosecutors charged him with manslaughter.

“We took a very dangerous man off the streets today who is associated with the white supremacist gang groups here in Fresno,” Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said on May 14, 2021.

Police officials said there was an ongoing dispute between the victim and Engelman. Authorities also said Engelman, nicknamed Milkweed, has a criminal history, including burglary and home invasion.

The now 43-year-old had already been charged with kidnapping and elder abuse in another case, but the public prosecutor's office dropped the case on May 2.

That same day, Engelman changed his plea to the manslaughter charge from not guilty to no contest and agreed to no longer contest the charges.

“The court is satisfied that the settlement is in the interest of justice,” said Judge Lee.

The change of plea ended a case that had dragged on for three years, and now some details may never come to light because Engelman and the victim's family remained silent in court.

“I have made multiple attempts to contact the victim's wife in this case to no avail,” said Assistant District Attorney Kendall Reynolds.

Engelman will soon be transferred from the Fresno County Jail to a state prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. The judge also ordered him to pay nearly $3,500 in restitution.

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