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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – On March 15, 2022, Nicholas Christopher Ron, Jr., 25, of Paso Robles, pled guilty to the March 15, 2020, first-degree premeditated murder of Trevon Perry (27). Ron also admitted that he personally used a firearm in the commission of the murder. As a result of his guilty plea and admission, Ron will be sentenced to 28 years to life in state prison. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 12, 2022.
Trevon Perry’s family initially reported him missing on March 16, 2020. Within days of his disappearance, law enforcement began to investigate the matter as a possible homicide. An intensive, multi-agency, months-long investigation followed. On June 20, 2020, Perry’s remains were discovered buried in the backyard of Ron’s relative in Riverside.
Ron was charged with murder and nine others, including several of Ron’s family members, were charged as accessories to the murder for their varying roles in concealing the crime.
The case was investigated by the Paso Robles Police Department with the assistance of the:
- San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation,
- District Attorney’s Central Coast Cyber Forensic Lab,
- San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office,
- Riverside Police Department,
- Riverside County Sheriff’s Department,
- San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
- and California Department of Justice labs in Richmond, Goleta, Watsonville and Riverside.
A copy of the Information (charging document) can be found here.