Son Sentenced in Murder of his Mother in Chico

Chico man was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday, May 15, 2019 for the death of his mother today after a sentencing hearing in Butte County Superior Court.


Alton Facciuto, 32, of Chico was in court today to be sentenced for the January 2018 murder of his mother, Sherry Facciuto, 60. 


Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said on the afternoon of January 18, Sherry Facciuto was preparing to go into town with her husband and was outside preparing their car when her husband, who was inside their residence, heard the car start up and leave without him. Sherry’s husband became increasingly worried after his numerous calls to his wife went unanswered. He reported Sherry missing.  When sheriff’s deputies responded to the property to take a report, they searched the property and located Sherry Facciuto’s body in an outbuilding.  Her body had been concealed by blankets and other objects. 


Later that evening the car was reported crashed into a fence and abandoned behind a business in the 2100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Parkway in Chico. Alton Facciuto was reportedly seen running from the area shortly after the crash.


Alton Facciuto had been staying on his parents’ property after his release from prison in 2017 on a robbery charge.  He was arrested the following day and booked into Butte County Jail on a parole violation.  At the time of his arrest, Alton Facciuto had several scratches to his face. An autopsy was conducted, and the cause of death was ruled as asphyxia by strangulation.  DNA evidence collected from under Sherry Facciuto’s fingernails matched to Alton.


Ramsey said Alton Facciuto had plead to second-degree murder in April 2019. A second-degree murder conviction normally carries a term of 15 years to life in state prison. However because of Alton Facciuto’s previous robbery conviction, Ramsey said Superior Court Judge Jesus Rodriguez doubled the sentence under California’s two-strike law and sentenced Facciuto to 30 years to life in state prison.






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