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Illegal immigrant cop killer smiles at sentencing, victims' families grin back

Illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes smiled again Tuesday as a California jury handed him a death sentence following his conviction in the 2014 killing of two sheriff's deputies, but this time, the deputies' families gave the cold-blooded killer a taste of his own medicine.

"I was smiling back at him purposely," Jeri Oliver, Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver's mother, told The Sacarmento Bee after court. Debbie McMahon, the mother of fallen Placer County Sheriff Detective Michael Davis Jr., agreed “to smile at him for a change."

The convicted cop killer made headlines during his trial in January when he smiled and went into a profanity-laced rant in court, saying, “I wish I had killed more of the mother-------s,” and promised to “kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me ... There's no need for a f---ing trial."

He also shouted in court that he was guilty and asked to be put to death. The defense tried to convince the judge to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

After hours of deliberation Tuesday, a Sacramento Superior Court jury ruled that Bracamontes will get what he asked for and receive the death penalty for his heinous crimes.

As the verdict was being read, the illegal immigrant from Mexico was silently clapping and smiling, sometimes at the families of the slain deputies, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Bracamontes went on a multi-county killing rampage in 2014, murdering Oliver and Davis.


We are very grateful for the jury’s decision to sentence Luis Bracamontes to death for the murders of Det Michael Davis Jr. & Dep Danny Oliver. It is a just decision fitting for his crimes.


The ruling comes just days after Janelle Monroy, his wife, was sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison for helping her husband to murder the deputies. The jury dismissed her argument last month that she feared Bracamontes would kill her if she did not help him.


FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018 file photo, Janelle Monroy listens in court as she is found guilty of murder in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, March 23, 2018, Monroy was sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison for helping her husband as he killed two Northern California sheriff's deputies in 2014. Prosecutors say Monroy willingly moved her husband's assault-style rifle from vehicle to stolen vehicle after he killed a Sacramento County deputy and before he killed a Placer County deputy in October 2014. (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

Bracamontes' wife, Janelle Monroy, was sentenced last week to 50 years in prison.  (Sacramento Bee via Associated Press)

Family members and law enforcement officials were reluctant to speak out during the trial, but on the verdict day, many finally voiced their views.

"I feel free to say it now. He's a despicable and evil human being and the death penalty is totally appropriate," Placer Sheriff Devon Bell told the Bee. Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said the verdict “is a step along the road toward justice.”

Flowers surround the photo of slain Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Oliver,at the Sacramento County Sheriff's office in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, Oct, 28, 2014.  Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, who was booked into jail under the pseudonym Marcelo Marquez, and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy made their first appearance in Sacramento Superior Court,  Tuesday, to face murder charges related to the death of Oliver, Placer County homicide detective Michael Davis, and the wounding of another deputy and a bystander during a crime spree that spread over two Northern California counties last week.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A photo of slain Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver.  (Associated Press)

Despite the sentence, however, it remains to be seen whether Bracamontes will actually be put to death. The last time California executed an inmate was in 2006. An average waiting time for the execution is nearly 18 years due to legal challenges to the state’s methods of execution.

The convicted cop killer will return to court in late April for a formal sentencing by the judge. Families of the killed officers will address the court and Bracamontes.

"I feel free to say it now. He's a despicable and evil human being and the death penalty is totally appropriate."

- Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell


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