Brother, sister obtain prison terms for roles in 1993 chilly scenario murder

Shanna and Curtis Culver show up Oct. 23, 2018, in Shasta County Excellent Court docket to set their preliminary listening to date. The brother and sister pleaded responsible on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, to voluntary manslaughter, robbery and several assault costs in the deadly stabbing of Frank McAlister near Shingletown in 1993.

A brother and sister gained point out jail sentences Thursday for their involvement with the murder of a 19-calendar year-previous Redding person in a cold case that spanned more than 25 yrs.

Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver were sentenced in Shasta County Excellent Courtroom for voluntary manslaughter, robbery in live performance and numerous assault rates in the 1993 chilly case murder of teen Frank McAlister, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Business announced.

Curtis Culver was sentenced to 35 decades in jail when Shanna Culver received a 20-yr jail expression. Both equally will be needed to provide 85% of their sentences before they’re qualified for parole.

“The investigation was carried out by a lot of members of the Redding Police Section spanning more than 27 decades,” the DA’s place of work reported.

Curtis Culver, 50, and Shanna Culver, 46, pleaded guilty to the costs in January. They’ve been in jail due to the fact Jan. 11, 2018.

Brian Hawkins of Shingletown, the 3rd defendant in the extensive-functioning situation, was formerly sentenced to 25 many years to life in prison for his purpose in the killing of McAlister. Hawkins had pleaded responsible in November 2019 to 1st-degree murder, robbery and distinctive allegations.

The situation dates to Could 7, 1993, when McAlister was pushed to a distant area in japanese Shasta County and stabbed several instances in the upper body and head.

A hiker located his skeletal remains almost a year afterwards in April 1994 in close proximity to Grace and Nora lakes, Redding police explained at the time.

McAlister’s auto was pushed to the Redding Costco exactly where it was identified deserted, according to a summary from the DA’s business office. Law enforcement at the time reported they identified a large quantity of blood in the auto.

“The circumstance was investigated for many years and ultimately went cold,” the DA’s workplace claimed.

Detectives received their break on Jan. 9, 2018, when Hawkins went to a area Television station and confessed to the virtually 25-yr-aged murder.

Hawkins’ up coming end was the Redding Law enforcement Office wherever Hawkins explained the theft and murder to detective Rusty Bishop, who has considering the fact that retired.

Hawkins told the detective he dedicated the murder with the help of the Culvers, who have been uncovered and arrested in just 12 several hours, the DA’s business office explained.

“Suspect Hawkins advised investigators he could no for a longer period dwell with the guilt and wished to apparent his conscience,” police explained in January 2018.

The DA’s workplace additional that “Hawkins expressed fantastic regret and remorse for his participation in the murder.”

Police mentioned Hawkins, together with Curtis and Shanna Culver, lured McAlister to the Shingletown spot to rob him of revenue from an insurance coverage settlement that he was going to use to invest in methamphetamine.

“Shanna and Curtis Culver initially lied and denied any involvement. In the long run, Curtis Culver admitted that he experienced a knife for the duration of the theft and strike the sufferer around the head with a rock immediately after the sufferer experienced been stabbed,” the DA’s workplace claimed.

Shanna Culver was 17 at the time of the murder and went by a juvenile court transfer approach to Outstanding Court.

At the Culvers’ sentencing, the DA’s office mentioned 1 of McAlister’s family gave a assertion in court.

“Frank McAlister’s uncle spoke about how devastating this crime was for his family,” the workplace reported, adding Frank McAlister was the only boy or girl to his mother.

Mike Chapman is an award-winning reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Support area journalism by subscribing currently.

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