A protest against the death penalty, on January 17, 2017 in Washington
An undocumented Mexican, who pleaded guilty to the murder of two policemen, was sentenced to death by a California court in the western United States on Tuesday, a sentence he received with a smile.
The verdict against Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes was read by the jury in a court in Sacramento, capital of the state, after four hours of deliberation, as observed in a video published by the Sacramento Bee newspaper. The defendant had asked on several occasions to execute him.
Bracamontes always admitted killing two policemen on a violent afternoon in 2014 that started in a motel parking lot, where he shot a victim with a semiautomatic rifle, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department official, Danny Oliver.
The other, Placer County sheriff’s detective Michael Davis, died during a chase, in which Bracamontes wounded two other people.
„I wish I had killed more,“ he once said. „Soon I’ll run away and kill more.“
At 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 saying by the Sacramento Bee.
„He is a disgusting and malicious human being and the death penalty is totally correct,“ said Placer Sheriff Devon Bell.
The last execution in California was in 2006. Currently 746 inmates are on death row.