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Man & Woman Receive Maximum Sentences For 1993 Murder Conviction

All three defendants have now been sentenced in a decades-old murder case. 19-year-old Frank McAlister was robbed and murdered in 1993. He had gotten an insurance settlement from a car crash and was going to use some of the money to buy drugs. Instead, he was driven to a remote location near Shingletown and stabbed multiple times in the head and chest. His body was left there and his blood-stained car was abandoned in the Costco parking lot. McAlister’s skeletal remains were found by hikers about a year later. The case remained unsolved until January of 2018, when 48-year-old Brian Hawkins requested an interview with KRCR TV, saying his faith in god led him to do the right thing. He said living with the secret had been “absolutely horrible” and he wanted people to know he was remorseful. After the interview, Hawkins went to the Redding Police Department to confess. He also named two accomplices, 49-year-old Curtis Culver and 46-year-old Shanna Culver. She was only 17 at the time. In 2019 Hawkins pled guilty to first degree murder, robbery and other allegations and in March he was sentenced to 25-years to life in state prison. In January, both Curtis and Shanna Culver pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, robbery in concert and multiple assault charges. On Friday they were both sentenced to the maximum, with 35 years in prison for Curtis and 20 for Shanna. They both must serve at least 85%.