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Man Who Confessed To Cold Case Murder Sentenced To 25 Years To Life In Prison

A man who broke a decades-old murder case by confessing has been sentenced. 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 so she had to go through juvenile court proceedings before the case could proceed. In 2019 Hawkins pled guilty to first degree murder, robbery and other allegations. On Monday morning Hawkins 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. They’ll be sentenced April 28th, with Curtis facing 35 years and Shanna up to 20 years.