05/19/2015 02:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Son Charged With Murder In Olive Oil Maker's Death


The son of a prominent olive oil producer in California has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his father.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies said Robert Yandolino, 25, approached his father, Carlo Alexander Yandolino, 58, as he sat in his SUV around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, The Sacramento Bee reports. The younger Yandolino allegedly fired from close range, striking the older man in the head.

Authorities say the accused shooter fled his father's Monte Vista ranch in a silver 2003 Lexus and was captured at the end of a five-hour manhunt.

Teresa Popovich, the victim's ex-wife and suspect's mother, commiserated with her son, saying that he "has a heart" and "is not the hostile, angry kid people are making him out to be," according to OC Weekly. She said the father and son had a difficult relationship for many years.

Carlo Yandolino owned Monte Vista Ranch Olive Oil. The company posted the following message on Facebook:

Due to the tragic death of my beloved husband, Carlo Yandolino, Owner and Producer of Monte Vista Ranch Olive Oil, our...

Posted by Monte Vista Ranch Olive Oil on Friday, May 15, 2015

Robert Yandolino was also charged with using a firearm and lying in wait. According to Fox 40, he could be eligible for the death penalty.

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