Lompoc suspect pleads guilty to accessory in the killing of Sarah Stoffle

Lompoc suspect pleads guilty to accessory in the killing of Sarah Stoffle

Robert James Scott


A Lompoc man pleaded guilty last week to a felony charge of accessory in the shooting death of 18-year-old Sarah Stoffle in March. 

Robert James Scott, 23, of Lompoc appeared before Superior Court Judge John McGregor on May 8 to plead guilty to the charge of accessory to murder after the fact for his role in the death of Stoffle, who was shot and killed on March 25 at a residence in the 300 block of North Y Street. 

In addition to the accessory charge, Scott pleaded guilty to a car theft charge in an unrelated felony case. 

Under his plea, Scott will have to serve 18 months of prison time and an additional 18 months of supervised release, according to Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Schoenburg.

He will serve concurrent prison sentences for both cases, she said. 

Scott will appear for a sentencing hearing June 18 in Santa Maria.

Scott was charged with accessory on April 1 following an investigation by Lompoc Police detectives who learned Scott cleaned the sawed-off shotgun Terry allegedly used to kill Stoffle, court documents show. 

Brenden Michael Terry, 20, of Lompoc — Scott's co-defendant — was charged with murder on March 30 in connection to Stoffle's death. He pleaded not guilty. 


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The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

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