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Scherer found guilty

Original post made on Mar 28, 2011

The jury has found Ernest Scherer III guilty of charges that he killed his parents in March 2008, after ending their deliberations today.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 28, 2011, 2:43 PM

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Posted by Anne
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

It is still so sad that this happened to this family. Catherine lost her mother, father & brother all at the same time.


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Posted by baseballmom
a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Tragic and so senseless. But, thank God for a responsible jury and an amazing DA. Justice has been served.


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Posted by Might not be over:
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The Attorney's Slogan:
"If justice prevails, you can always appeal!"
Hope the Weekly will let us know what the sentencing produces.
Glad to read that the inheritance does not go to a murderer.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

My only question is why he is subject to capitol punishment. What would someone have to do in this state to merit that punishment? This guy is a selfish animal.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Correction: My post should read...

My only question is why he is not subject to capitol punishment?


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I asked the same question and was told that its much harder to prove. If convicted on a death penalty case he gets many appeals that you and I pay for. Being in prison for the rest of his life will be very hard for this young man.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

He will be eligible for parole in 10 years and with the prisons in this state overflowing and no money to pay I would not bet that he will be in prison much over 10 years.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

You are probably right. Maybe with his attitude someone will change it for him. He will be poor when he does come out, I guess that is what greed does for you.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

How does an environment with the potential for so much good produce a situation that is so tragic?


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Posted by TGB
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

This is one of those sad moments in Pleasanton history...I'm glad he was convicted.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Justice has been served.


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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2011 at 8:37 am


Evidently, the possibility that he would get death penalty was no deterrent for this brutal crime. I recall an earlier report on this trial that the prosecutors chose not to seek capital punishment for this crime. Probably because so much of the evidence was circumstantial. The jury would likely have been more skeptical with the stakes that high. I disagree with the above poster that this guy will be out in 10 years. With a crime of this brutality, it seems unlikely that he'd be paroled (and, according to recent reports, the prison population in the US is actually dropping).

The death penalty is a waste of time and money, at the very least, and is morally ambigouous at the very best. Frankly, I wish we, as a culture, were more grown up than to demand this kind of vengence.


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Posted by hybrid owner
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

"My only question is why he is not subject to capitol punishment?"

Capitol punishment convictions also carry a 'special circumstances' charge. This can include things like; killing children, an unborn child, someone who is disabled, or extremely heinous crimes which there can truly be no rational defense. Unfortunately, this case did not fall into that special category.

I hope he gets the maximum sentance with no parole.




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Posted by Sue
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

The article read,"A potential Life in prison WITHOUT the possibility of parole. For the first time in a long time he would truly get what he should.

What a horrible crime! I hope he rots in prison!


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Posted by Really definitely illegal
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

Next up for prosecution: PUSD


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Posted by KGB
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 29, 2011 at 9:46 am

I'm glad the death sentence didn't come into play here.....death would be getting off easy for this guy. I'd prefer that he spend 23 hours a day in a 8 x 10 cell for the next 50 or so years....and the 23 hours a day he spends in his cell will be a lot less stressful that the 1 hour a day he spends on the yard.....now that's a proper punishment for a crime of this nature. Kudos to the jury.


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Posted by Norm.
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

The death penalty is the best solution, keeping him in the Pen. for the rest of his life will cost ther State money that it doesn't have.


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Posted by KGB
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

From what i've read (but I have no facts to substantiate this) the so-called experts say that the death penalty is more costly to taxpayers than locking someone up for life.....apparently it's the appeal process that makes the death sentence so costly. Personally, i've never understood why that would be more expensive, but people have been making that claim for years......


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Posted by what a waste
a resident of Rosewood
on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

This is Tragically sad story - Death Penalty to Good - What a Waste let him sit in the cell - WORK CAMPS - Go Green Clean Energy - Prisoners coud get excersise & walk or run on Tread Mills (add your local excersise club) to Generate Electricity


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Posted by what a waste
a resident of Rosewood
on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

This is Tragically sad story - Death Penalty to Good - What a Waste let him sit in the cell - WORK CAMPS - Go Green Clean Energy - Prisoners coud get excersise & walk or run on Tread Mills (add your local excersise club) to Generate Electricity


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

It seems that it *is* much more costly to carry someone on death row than keep them in prison for the rest of their life. Web Link

Note that:
"In California, home to the nation's biggest death row population at 667, it costs an extra $90,000 per inmate to imprison someone sentenced to death — an additional expense that totals more than $63.3 million annually, according to a 2008 study by the state's Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice."


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Posted by Taxpayer Chuck
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Whoever wrote that crude comment about the PUSD should be ashamed of themselves!! Grow Up!

This has been nothing but a tragic story, beginning to end. My hat is off to the prosecutors and the jury; NO parole, please. He does not deserve leniency, for he showed none to his beloved parents.


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Posted by Scott
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:30 am

For anyone interested in the death penalty, I highly recommend the book "Dead Man Walking" by Sister Helen Prejean (later made in the movie with Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon). It makes a clear case that the death penalty is not viable... innocent people put to death, very expensive, and subject to racial bias.

I agree with the above poster... a lifetime of work camp would be a great sentence for this offender.


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Posted by Virginia (not the state!)
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Sheeesh, given the level of vitriol on this and other threads, I'm surprised I haven't read that some of you want to take the guy out and lynch him on account of the state not being able do anything right.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Editors please remove this man's cocky smirk of a face off the story link. I am so sick of looking at his face every time I scan the Weekly to read new stories. He is guilty and I really am tired of looking at his face. Thank you.


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