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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Cody Michael Nicosia

On February 2, 2015, a jury convicted Cody Michael Nicosia of the first degree murder of 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais and found true special circumstances that Nicosia committed the murder while lying in wait, committing burglary, and committing robbery. The jury additionally convicted Nicosia of arson.

On October 17, 2012, Nicosia waited outside the victim’s Castro Valley home for nearly 7 hours before crawling underneath the home to devise a plan to choke the victim to death by surprise. Nicosia gained entry to the home, manually strangled the victim until she lost consciousness and began burglarizing her home. When Nicosia noticed the victim was still alive, he grabbed a climbing rope and strangled her via ligature until the victim eventually died. Nicosia would return to the house later that night, pour gasoline on the victim’s body and set both her and the house on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Defendant Cody Michael Nicosia was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on March 5, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Adam Maldonado with assistance from DA Inspector Tim Bergquist and Victim-Witness Advocate Marina Hammergren.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015