Phillip Wilson

Philip Lee Wilson was arrested on April 23, 2020 and charged in the April 24, 1980 murder of 20-year-old Robin Gisela Brooks in Sacramento, California.

Brooks had left her job at a Rosemont donut shop late that night and walked home alone. When she did not show up for her shift the next day, a friend checked on her and found her dead in her bedroom. Brooks had been sexually assaulted and stabbed to death. Police suspect she may have been stalked by the suspect before her death.

A DNA profile was obtained from semen from a sexual assault kit, as well as blood left at the crime scene where the killer had cut himself while stabbing Brooks. There is currently no information on who performed the FGG investigation.

Wilson was convicted by a jury on March 10, 2022. The jury had been deadlocked the day earlier. Wilson’s defence attorney had argued that Wilson had consensual sex with Brooks on the night she died, and that his blood was found at the crime scene because he had a workplace injury. The defence put Norbert Holston forward as an alternative suspect. Holston was the boyfriend of Brook’s sister, Maria Arrick, who stated that Holston was with her on the night that Brooks was killed.

On April 22, 2022, Wilson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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First Name Phillip
Last Name Wilson
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started nd
Case Cleared 2020-04-23
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Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1355 Robin Brooks 20 1980-04-24 Sacramento, CA Sacramento PD Second degree murder Accused was convicted after a trial Sacramento CO SUP CT

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.