Oakland resident Aaron Clark, 44, has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, accepting a 25-year prison term for the voluntary manslaughter of his 80-year-old father, Ernest Clark Jr., and the assault on his half-sister. Court records reveal that Clark pleaded no contest to the charges, resulting in the dismissal of murder and attempted murder charges against him.
The incident occurred on September 17, 2017, around 11:30 p.m. at a residence on Margarido Drive in North Oakland, near the Claremont County Club. Aaron Clark allegedly killed his father, a well-known real estate agent, possibly while he was asleep. Following the fatal beating, Clark proceeded to attack his half-sister, pushing her down a flight of stairs and causing severe injuries.
Law enforcement authorities arrested Clark approximately five hours later, a short distance away from the scene. He had previously lived at the house but moved out a few years prior to the incident. Clark has remained silent regarding the motive behind the attack, refusing to speak with authorities after his arrest. His attorney declined to comment on the case.
With the acceptance of the plea deal, Aaron Clark was sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison on October 9. The plea deal allowed for the resolution of the charges against him, including voluntary manslaughter and assault, while avoiding a trial.