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Tree Trimmer Convicted Or Murder Will Be Sentenced To Life In Prison

A serial killer who murdered people in Butte and Tehama Counties while working for a tree trimming service has been convicted in a jury trial. In May of 2020, Tehama County Deputies were called to a home on Josephine Avenue in Los Molinos after 91-year-old Homer Severs, whose throat had been slashed, made it to a neighboring family member’s home. He survived but his wife, 88-year-old Loreen Severs, was found in the couple’s home dead with a slashed throat and a stab wound to her upper torso. No suspects were identified at the time, nor was a motive known. 38-year-old Ryan Scott Blinston had been a member of a tree trimming crew that was at the Severs home 5 days earlier. He was arrested the following month for an attempted murder that was interrupted by a SWAT Team who arrived just in time. He was then charged for the brutal murders of two Oroville women, one of whom had also been a customer of the tree trimming company and the other was an acquaintance of Blinston’s. It didn’t take long for detectives to make a connection to the attack in Los Molinos. Blinston has been found guilty in a trial during which he was not called to testify. A sentencing hearing is Wednesday afternoon, when a judge will order him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.