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Convicted murderer sentenced to 50 years to life in Nevada County Superior Court

Maurice Di Aundra Rogers
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Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger could have stricken three special firearm allegations that doubled the sentence of convicted murderer Maurice Rogers.

But Heidelberger, citing the “callous and cold-blooded” nature of the crime, declined to do so, sentencing Rogers on Friday to 50 years to life for the murder of Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones.

Rogers, 36, was convicted in February of the death of Spruell-Jones, 46, whose body was found in the early-morning hours of April 4, 2016.

A white Cadillac was spotted in the area, near the Farad exit off Interstate 80, about halfway between Truckee and Reno, that same morning and was linked to Rogers. A Sacramento officer saw the Cadillac four days later and arrested Rogers. Spruell-Jones’ blood was found in the wheel well of the car, and Rogers’ DNA was linked to the gun used in the shooting, authorities said.

“This was a troubling case,” said Deputy District Attorney Anna Tyner.

According to Tyner, Rogers lured Spruell-Jones to the “remote” area with the sole intent of killing her, and celebrated after killing her by smoking a cigar and calling other women to hook up.

Rogers appeared ready to make a statement, and then changed his mind, asking only a question about the process involved in filing an appeal.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lkellar@theunion.com.


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