Mission alley murderer sentenced to 26 years to life 

The man convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Richard Sprague in February 2012 was sentenced today to 26 years to life, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Roland Pouncy, 44, of San Francisco, was found guilty by a jury on May 9.

On Feb. 18, 2012, Sprague and his domestic partner retired to their Mission district home after returning from a birthday party earlier that night, prosecutors said. Sprague went back out to buy cigarettes and never returned.

Sprague's body was discovered in the alley the next morning but police didn't know who he was because he had no identification on him. His partner eventually identified his body when he went to Mission Police Station to file a missing persons report.

Pouncy was detained by police that same day for jaywalking and found he was in possession of Sprague's bank card. Police traced a series of purchases on Sprague's card and surveillance footage showed Pouncy using the card.

A female acquaintance of Pouncy told police that he told her that he had killed a man the night before in order to get the bank card. DNA evidence on Sprague's neck was a match for Pouncy, leading to his conviction.

"This conviction would not have been possible without the exceptional investigative work of SFPD and the forensic evidence that placed Pouncy at the scene of the crime," District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

"This man was willing to take another life over a debit card," Gascón said. "His willingness to murder another man over something so trivial is highly disturbing."

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