A Mexican national who has pleaded guilty to the murder of two American policeman has been sentenced to death.
Undocumented Mexican national, Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, who was living in Utah, was sentenced to death Tuesday in a California courtroom, a sentence he reportedly received with a smile.
The verdict against Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes was read by the jury in a court in Sacramento after four hours of deliberation. Since being in custody, the defendant had asked on several occasions to be executed.
Bracamontes has always admitted to killing the two policemen on a violent afternoon in 2014 that started in a motel parking lot.
At the end of a court hearing in 2015, Baracamontes said in court, “I did kill those cops” and according to his lawyer, always wanted to plead guilty.
Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, were both charged with murder along with numerous other charges in the slayings of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. in the October 24th rampage.
The moment the jury read the sentence, Bracamontes smiled and applauded silently. “I smiled back at him on purpose,” Oliver’s mother, Jeri Oliver, was quoted as telling the Sacramento Bee.
“He is a disgusting and malicious human being and the death penalty is totally correct,” said Placer Sheriff Devon Bell.
Bracamonte has been found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder for the deaths of Danny Oliver, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, and Placer County detective Michael Davis Jr.
His wife, Janelle Monroy, 41, was found guilty of the murder of Detective Davis and nine other charges in February. On March 23, Monroy was sentenced to 24 years in prison and was to serve another sentence of between 25 years and life imprisonment for murder.
The last execution in California was in 2006. Currently 746 inmates are in line for execution.