Alissa Marie Moore, 18, of Willits, Mendocino County, California, United States was the girlfriend of Paul Steven Rodriguez of Willits. She was 17 when she killed him while he just turned 19.
According to Moore, she suffered threats and physical abuse from Rodriguez. On April 22, 1997, she lured him to a secluded area on Shaefer Ranch Road in Willits where her friends and fellow Willits residents Carl Herbert Dulinsky, 20, Sharla Renee Driver, 20, and Troy Edward Driver, 18, had staged a vehicle breakdown.
Troy is Sharla’s younger brother. Troy treats Moore as his younger sister.
One time, Moore showed Troy some bruises inflicted by Rodriguez, who was a drug dealer with guns. Troy asked her to stay in his house so he could protect her but she refused.
Mercury Cougar, 1983 Dodge Aries and Paul Rodriguez’s death
Sharla and Troy parked their family’s 1983 Dodge Aries near a horse trailer where Troy and Dulinsky stored a shotgun. Troy and Dulinsky raised the hood of the car and pulled an engine wire to make it look disabled.
Moore told Rodriguez that he had to diagnose the car of Sharla and Troy’s mother, which broke down on a dirt driveway near a house owned by Sharla and Troy’s parents. Moore also told Rodriguez that there was a potential drug deal there.
With Moore, Rodriguez drove his maroon Mercury Cougar and went there. Upon arrival, he looked into the engine compartment of the 1983 Dodge Aries.
While Rodriguez was checking the car, Moore grabbed the shotgun prepared by Troy and Dulinsky. She walked up behind Rodriguez and shot her boyfriend once in the head.
After the murder, Sharla drove back the 1983 Dodge Aries to their house. Troy and Dulinsky helped Moore dump Rodriguez’s body in a wooded area off Highway 128 near Navarro, Mendocino County.
Alissa Moore, Carl Dulinsky, Troy Driver, Sharla Driver’s punishments
On May 9, 1997, Dulinsky appeared in the Willits Municipal Court before Judge Jonathan Lehan. On May 13, 1997, Rodriguez’s Mercury Cougar was found burned out on Branscomb Road 25 miles north of Willits.
On May 14, 1997, Troy and Dulinsky were charged with three counts of robbery. They allegedly committed three separate robberies with Sharla as the getaway driver in Willits, in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California and in Ukiah, Mendocino County days before Moore fatally shot Rodriguez.
On July 4, 1997, Dulinsky pleaded guilty to one count of murder after the fact, one count of commercial burglary, two counts of using a firearm during the commission of a robbery and three counts of robbery. He was sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison.
Moore was initially charged with first-degree murder and special circumstances for lying in wait. On July 21, 1997, he rejected a plea deal at the last minute upon realizing that it would have resulted in her being sent to prison for 16 years.
On August 26, 1997, Moore pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. It earned her a state prison term of 15 years to life but it could lead to her parole in less than 13 years.
On August 31, 1997, Troy pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact and to his role in the armed robberies he and Dulinsky committed together days before Moore killed Rodriguez. Right after Rodriguez’s death, Sharla fled the U.S. and sought refuge in Italy where her serviceman husband lived but she was later located by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
From June 1997 to February 1998, Sharla was imprisoned in Italy. When she was extradited to Mendocino County, she pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder and two counts of second-degree robbery for driving the getaway car for Troy and Dulinsky.