Michael Allen Hoffer Sentenced to Life in Prison After Conviction of Felony Domestic Violence and Assault with a Firearm Against Sheriff's Deputies

Posted: January 25, 2018

On January 19, 2018, Judge Thomas Smith sentenced Michael Allen Hoffer to 45 years and 4 months, plus a separate and consecutive 25 years to life sentence for crimes he committed on March 16, 2015, at his home on Oakwood Road in Cameron Park. 

The convictions arose out of a March 16, 2015, domestic violence incident between Hoffer and his girlfriend that was heard by a neighbor who called 911.  The domestic violence victim fled from Hofferss residence on foot after being brutally beaten, choked and pistol whipped by the defendant.  When Sheriff's Deputies arrived, Hoffer had posted himself in a second story window, armed with a numerous firearms including a fifty-caliber AR-15 style rifle.  As the Sheriff's Deputies began to gather outside the house to investigate the 911 call, Hoffer opened fire with that rifle, raining down a hail of bullets on the uniformed officers.  Hoffer reportedly fired dozens of rounds from his house before his house caught fire and began to burn.  As defendant fled the burning residence he was caught and detained by Sheriff's Deputies.  Hoffer's house burnt to the ground in less than 45 minutes, leaving experts to conclude the fire was intentionally set with the use of an unknown accelerant.       

Hoffer was convicted by a jury of seven women and five men on August 23, 2017, of crimes including criminal threats, domestic violence, multiple counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer and special allegation(s) related to the use of a firearm and inflicting great bodily Injury on a peace officer in the line of duty.  This case was prosecuted by Lead Trial Attorney Dale Gomes.