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Woman sentenced to 12 years for murder of KGB Kiteboarding proprietor Royce Vaughn

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The tragic story of Emeryville Marina-based KGB Kiteboarding proprietor Royce Vaughn came to a close on Thursday. Ella Coleman, 25, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his murder that occurred on May 29, 2015. The crime stemmed from a dispute between Vaugn and Coleman over money after Vaugn apparently solicited Coleman for sex. Coleman used Vaughn’s own car to run him over in a West Oakland neighborhood where he died. KGB Kiteboarding is still operating out of the Emeryville Marina and held a memorial for him back in June 2015.


Oakland woman gets 12 years for murder of man who hired her for sex

OAKLAND (KRON) — An Oakland woman was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in state prison for the murder of an Emeryville kiteboarding shop owner in Oakland in May 2015.

Ella Coleman, 25, was charged with murder for the death of 47-year-old Royce Vaughn in the 800 block of 28th Street on May 29, 2015, but prosecutors recently agreed to let her plead no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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