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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Randy Alana Guilty of First Degree Murder

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that a jury found defendant Randy Alana, age 58, guilty of first degree murder for the killing of Sandra Coke. He was also convicted of second degree robbery, unlawful taking of a vehicle, and two counts of grand theft.

The trial, in which 84 witnesses were called to testify, lasted in excess of two months. The jury took less than three hours to reach the verdict of guilty on all five counts.

“Randy Alana brutally murdered Sandra Coke, and with today’s verdict her friends and family as well as the community know that justice has been served,” said DA O’Malley. “We sincerely hope that after today’s guilty verdict Ms. Coke’s family will be able to begin the long process of healing.”

Defendant Randy Alana and the victim, Sandra Coke, an inspector with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, were in a dating relationship off-and-on for 20 years. On the evening of August 4, 2013, Ms. Coke left her Oakland home and disappeared. An intense search ensued. Officers from the Oakland Police Department, inspectors from the Alameda County DA’s Office and other agencies worked around the clock to locate Ms. Coke. On August 9, 2013, Sandra Coke’s body was discovered in a dry creek bed below Cherry Glen Road in Vacaville, CA.

The coroner testified at trial that the cause of Ms. Coke’s death was asphyxiation due to strangulation.

Deputy District Attorney Colleen McMahon prosecuted the case with assistance from DA Inspector Jad Jadallah and Victim-Witness Advocate Kelli Sage.

“I am deeply gratified by today’s guilty verdict, and I commend the members of the jury for their diligence and focus,” DDA Colleen McMahon said.


ADA Teresa Drenick // // (510) 272-6280
Rebecca Richardson // // (510) 272-6213

Posted on May 20, 2015