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 feared her husband 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.
Monroy, 41, 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.
Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver
(Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department )
Monroy is a citizen of the V. S., while 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.
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.
Placer County sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr.
(Placer County Sheriff’s Department)
The court also heard victim impact statements from Davis’ family, the report said.
“I feel as though my heart is torn out of my chest,” Debbie McMahon, Davis’ mother, said.
White rejected the arguments of the attorney Pete Kmeto that Monroy was a battered wife and victim of an abusive, threatening man, who was armed to the teeth, excited about killing people” and abuse of methamphetamine, the Bee reported.
Janelle Monroy, listens to the judge if she is found guilty of murder in Sacramento, Calif., Mar. 15, 2018.
(Sacramento Bee via Associated Press)
“She is not the person who killed law enforcement officers,” Kmeto said, noting that Monroy never pulled a trigger during the crime spree. “This customer is not an evil person, this customer has been victimized and has a tough life.”
In opposition, the Sacramento district attorney Rod Norgaard told the judge that Monroy did for the rampage that her husband wanted to kill police officers, the newspaper reported.
“She did not commit a crime with the devil,” Norgaard said. “She married him.”
Monroy 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. Closing arguments in his case are set for Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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