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Jury Finds Siskiyou County Man Guilty Of 1st Degree Murder

A Weed man who murdered an elderly man he had worked for and continued living in his house has been found guilty by a Siskiyou County jury. In September of 2019, neighbors of 70-year-old Donald Holbrecht in the Carrick Addition near Weed started worrying when they hadn’t seen him for over a week. 38-year-old Robert Tessmer Jr was there though, living in the house with his girlfriend as if he owned the place. He also drove the victim’s vehicles and sold some of his things. When deputies went to the house, Tessmer gave them conflicting stories, and even called the sheriff’s office a couple of times impersonating Holbrecht. A search warrant was served on October 10th of 2019 and Holbrecht’s body was found in a shallow grave in the backyard. On Friday Tessmer was found guilty of first degree murder.