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A Salinas man accused of killing his father Monday has already served six years in prison for shooting his step-father in 2005.

Matthew Roberts was being held Wednesday at the Monterey County Jail on $1.5 million bail, said Monterey County Sheriff’s Cmdr. John Thornburg. Roberts’ father, 70-year-old Jerry Roberts, was found dead about 9 p.m. Monday in his house on the 700 block of Inglewood Street in Salinas.

Neighbors recalled Jerry Roberts as a “calm man” who liked to garden and maintain his house. Most had less information about the younger Roberts who only visited on occasion.

Salinas Police Sgt. James Arensdorf declined to comment on the cause of Jerry Roberts’ death. Investigators are still unsure when he died, Arensorf said.

“We are still actively investigating,” he said.

Prosecutor Ed Hazel said Wednesday Matthew Roberts has yet to be officially charged with his father’s death.

Matthew Roberts was convicted in 2006 of attempted murder and assault with a firearm with enhancements for using a gun. The victim, Monterey County Sheriff’s Detective Larry Bryant and Matthew Roberts’ step-father, called for probation and rehabilitation for his step-son.

However, Judge Terrance Duncan said he had to protect society from Matthew Roberts, a perpetual methamphetamine addict.

“He was a drug addict for a long time,” Duncan said during sentencing. “It got worse and worse until it resulted in this tragedy. I think society expects that he be treated like any other drug-crazed person who shot somebody.”

Matthew Roberts, then 25, hadn’t slept for five days before shooting Bryant at their house in Prunedale, said Thomas Worthington, his attorney, during sentencing. He also suffered delusions, including the belief that monkeys were falling out of his ears, while intoxicated by methamphetamine, amphetamines and opiates.

Court records show Matthew Roberts has twice since pleaded no contest to other violent crimes. He was charged two months apart in the cases — in May 2013 and July 2013. Both charges were requested by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

In November 2013, Matthew Roberts pleaded no contest in both cases and was convicted of assault causing great bodily injury and allegations of a prior strike under California’s Three Strikes law, a prior felony conviction and a prior prison commitment.

He was then sentenced to a year in jail, but earned credit for 381 days already served.

At the same time, he was sentenced to three years’ probation for battery on a peace officer with a prior strike, a prior felony and a prior prison commitment in the secondary case.

Wednesday afternoon on Inglewood Street was serene — a stark contrast from Monday night, said Jason, a neighbor who declined to give his last name.

“I got stopped by the Police Department,” he said. “They were running at me with a flashlight like I was a criminal. It was crazy. They shut down the whole street.”

Jason said his family has lived on Inglewood Street for two years. He wasn’t sure how long Jerry Roberts lived on the block. Although he liked Jerry Roberts, Jason said he and the younger Roberts, whom he called “a mean person,” had tangled on one occasion.

“We got into it once,” Jason said. “He yelled at me for no reason.”

Previous to police activity Monday in his neighborhood, Jason said he hadn’t seen Jerry Roberts for one or two weeks, which was odd because the older man liked to work outside.

Maria Ceballos and Angel Hernandez Ceballos, who lived several doors down from Jerry Roberts, said they didn’t know the 70-year-old man very well. Hernandez Ceballos recalled overhearing Matthew Roberts tell police he had brass knuckles in a trailer on the property before his arrest.

Juan Rios, a 17-year-old Everett Alvarez High School Student, echoed Jason’s comments, noting Jerry Roberts frequently resodded and mowed his lawn.

By all accounts, Jerry Roberts lived alone. Matthew Roberts visited with more frequency closer to his father’s death, Rios said.

“He was there a couple of months,” Rios said. “He would take his dad’s car. I would see him when I came home from school.”

Rios offered a few details from the days leading up to the discovery of Jerry Roberts’ body. On Monday, before Matthew Roberts was arrested, Rios said his sister saw the younger Roberts talking with another man outside the house.

Sunday, Rios said he heard sawing emanating from the Roberts’ garage.

“It was really loud for like an hour,” Rios said. “I guess he was planning something with the wood.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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