Death penalty for Bracamontes, says jury

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The trial of convicted cop killer Luis Bracamontes has concluded with a jury ruling today in favor of the death penalty.

Sacramento media outlets are reporting that the jury came back with its decision late this afternoon after less than a day’s deliberations.

Bracamontes’ wife, Janelle Monroy’s time behind bars was determined in a Sacramento courtroom Friday.

Convicted of murder in the shooting deaths Oct. 24, 2014, of Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. in Auburn and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver in Sacramento, Bracamontes chose to stay away from final arguments on Monday in front of a six-man, six-woman Sacramento County Superior Court jury. During the trial, he made several outbursts in court, yelling threats and admitting he murdered the two.

Monroy, 41, was sentenced Friday to a 25-years-to-life prison term for her part in the murder-carjacking spree, plus another 24-year term to be served before that. While not wielding the murder weapons in either killings, Monroy was prosecuted as an accomplice of her husband’s.

The couple drove from their home in Utah before the killings, where they had lived for several years. Bracamontes is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and has been mentioned twice by President Donald Trump in his arguments calling for greater border security between Mexico and the U.S.

The death penalty verdict sets up a customary series of appeals before a final decision on the case is resolved.