A 20-year-old man convicted along with his sister in the shooting death of their stepfather in his Rolando home was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison. Nathaniel Gann's sister, 19-year-old Brae Hansen was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hansen apologized for her role in the murder, telling Judge Fred Link, "What I did was horrible and wrong... I am so, so sorry about everything that happened." Through her tears she asked the judge, "Your honor, please don't make me die in my cell."
Jurors found Gann guilty of first-degree murder in the 2007 case involving his stepfather, Rolando resident Timothy MacNeil. Hansen, was found guilty of first degree murder. Unlike her brother, Hansen was also found guilty of a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.
MacNeil, a criminal defense attorney, was shot and killed in his home in July 2007. MacNeil was tied up and shot to death by Gann during what was a staged robbery, prosecutors believe.
Prosecutors believe Hansen was angry with MacNeil and that she and her brother allegedly tried to make the slaying look like a phony home invasion robbery.