Software engineer gets 7-year sentence for stabbing death in downtown Livermore

Convicted for fatal attack in road rage incident on First Street two years ago

A Livermore software engineer was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in state prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction for the stabbing

death of another man in a road rage incident in Livermore two years ago.

Prosecutors had sought a murder conviction for Cort Holbrook for the death of Ricky Ziesmer, a 48-year-old Fremont man, in a confrontation in

a parking lot on Old First Street in downtown Livermore near John's Char Burger and the Livermore Cyclery at about 1:30 p.m. on March 9, 2011, but at the end of Holbrook's trial in March jurors returned the lesser verdict of voluntary manslaughter.

According to Livermore police, when they interviewed Holbrook, now 43, he alleged that Ziesmer had started the incident by drifting into his lane several times and nearly colliding with him. When they later got out of their cars and started arguing, Ziesmer punched him several times, Holbrook

told police.

But police said Holbrook did not flee from the scene of the confrontation and instead called Livermore police and said he had been involved in a road rage incident.

Police also said Holbrook, who was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, had several opportunities to avoid further conflict with

Ziesmer, who was driving a gold Chevrolet Cavalier, after they encountered each other on the road but that Holbrook had chosen not to do so.

Livermore police said the two men eventually pulled into the downtown parking lot and got into a confrontation.

Ziesmer punched Holbrook in the face twice, knocking him to the ground, but as the confrontation continued, Holbrook reached into his

driver's door compartment, retrieved a dagger and eventually stabbed Ziesmer in the upper chest and also stabbed the driver's side rear door of Ziesmer's car to prevent him from leaving, police said.

However, Ziesmer was able to get away and drove himself to Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore, according to police.

He subsequently was transported to the trauma center at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 5:45 p.m. that day.

In addition to sentencing Holbrook to seven years in state prison, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy denied Holbrook's bid to be

released on bail while he appeals his conviction.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Good start.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

It's NEVER OK to stab another person.

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Posted by Do Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

All too many cases like this, usually young white males. That's why I never feel safe on the road in Pleasanton. Too many murderous white males out there.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

don't drop the soap in the shower...tee hee hee...


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