SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Utah woman was sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison Friday for helping her husband as he killed two Northern California sheriff’s deputies in 2014.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White sentenced Janelle Monroy after judges last month rejected her argument that she is afraid Luis Bracamontes would have killed her if she does not help him.
“Mrs. Monroy, did you not start this reign of terror, but you came immediately after as an active participant,” said White, according to The Sacramento Bee .
Bracamontes is a Mexican citizen who repeatedly entered the United States illegally. President Donald Trump has cited examples to illustrate the problems with the nation’s immigration policy.
Bracamontes has repeatedly said in court that he killed the deputies, and wished that he had killed.
Monroy, 41, who is a U.S. citizen, voluntarily moved her husband’s assault-style rifle from vehicle stolen vehicle after he killed Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and before he killed Placer County sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. hours later, prosecutors said.
They were faced with a life sentence after she was convicted of 10 charges including murder, attempted murder and carjacking, attempted carjacking and possession of an assault rifle.
The prosecutors want the death penalty for Bracamontes, who was convicted by a separate jury.
The delegates were killed shortly after the couple arrived in Sacramento during what Monroy said it was a wandering journey, encouraged by Bracamontes’ drug-infused paranoia.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com