In October 2016, Deputy Jack Hopkins responded to a family disturbance call. When he arrived at the scene, he was fatally shot. The suspect, Jack Breiner, went on to engage in a shootout with Sheriff Mike Poindexter, but he was eventually arrested.
Breiner eventually faced a jury trial in Sacramento County because of the amount of publicity the case received in Modoc County.
Now, a jury has rendered a unanimous verdict: guilty. Breiner was found guilty of the willful and deliberate premeditated murder of Deputy Hopkins. He was also found guilty of being a felon in the possession of a firearm and attempted murder.
Special circumstances make Breiner eligible for the death penalty.
The next step in the case will be a hearing to establish the state of Breiner’s sanity. After that will come the death penalty phase.