Man who confessed to cold case murder sentenced

Redding, California: Brian Hawkins shocked viewers of KRCR on January 9, 2018 when he requested an interview saying that he wished to confess to a cold case murder and intended to turn himself in to law enforcement.


"God and Christ and these things that have happened over the course of 25 years have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing," Hawkins said at the time.


The Shasta County District Attorney's office announced on Monday, March 28, that Hawkins, 48, had been sentenced to 25-years to life in prison.


In November 2019 Hawkins plead guilty to charges of first degree murder, robbery, and additional special allegations.


Two days after Hawkins's televised confession siblings Curtis and Shana Culver, were arrested.


Curtis, 49, and Shanna, 45, have plead guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter, robbery and additional assault charges.


Curtis faces a possible sentence of 35 years in state prison and Shanna faces 20 years. Both are scheduled to be sentenced later this month on April 28.


Following Hawkins's sentencing, the family of the murder victim Frank McAlister issued a statement through the DA's office saying, "Murdered at 19-years-old, the criminals involved robbed Frank of a life, the opportunity to create a positive legacy. Frank was denied his wile life filled with opportunity, the creation of a family, a chance to love and be loved. To this day our family imagines what life would have been life for all of us had Frank lived to be a part of all of us."