Mission alley murderer to face sentencing this week

Courtesy of SFPDRoland Pouncy

Courtesy of SFPDRoland Pouncy

The man convicted in the murder and robbery of a San Francisco man in 2012 will be back in court for sentencing Friday, the District Attorney's Office said.

Roland Pouncy, 44, of San Francisco was found guilty of first-degree murder this month in the February 2012 killing of Richard Sprague in a Mission alley.

Sprague, 47, was found dead on Julian Avenue near 15th Street early in the morning Feb. 19, 2012.

Pouncy remains in custody and will return to court Friday at 9 a.m. in Department 10 of the Hall of Justice for sentencing. He could face a life sentence without parole.

Rec and Park driver to return to court in hit-and-run case

The Recreation and Park Department employee accused of running over and killing a woman in a Bernal Heights park in September will return to court Wednesday, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Thomas Burnoski, 58, faces charges of felony manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in connection with the Sept. 5 incident in which 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr of Daly City was killed after a Rec and Park vehicle rolled over her as she was lying in the grass in Holly Park with her infant child. The infant was unharmed in the incident.

Burnoski pleaded not guilty to the charges in October. He is presently out on bail, but there are restrictions on his driving privileges.

He will be in court Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for a pretrial conference in Department 23 of the Hall of Justice.

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