Man convicted of killing victim on sailboat, dumping body off Southern California coast
Robert Vendrick, a retired software industry worker, was lured onto the 23-foot sailboat by Gary A. Shawkey under the pretense of meeting federal agents as part of a bogus investment deal, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Shawkey, 47, had convinced Vendrick to wire $100,000 to a bank account and told the victim that they would finalize the deal -- a top-secret government computer software program -- with the federal agents on the boat, prosecutors said.
Instead, Shawkey killed Vendrick in February 2008 and dumped his body into the ocean, according to prosecutors.
Shawkey, a resident of Mechanicsville, Va., is scheduled to be sentenced July 22 at the Santa Ana courthouse. He faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
-- Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Gary A. Shawkey. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office