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Jurors Recommend Death Sentence For Calif. Cop Killer

The AP via YellowBrix

December 23, 2009

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Jurors have recommended the death penalty for a 26-year-old man convicted of killing a police officer in California.

The same jurors who convicted Alberto Alvarez of murder with special circumstances in November determined Tuesday that he should be sentenced to death. Alvarez was found guilty of fatally shooting 38-year-old Officer Richard May in 2006 in East Palo Alto.

San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told jurors during the trial that Alvarez shot May to avoid going back to prison for a parole violation. Alvarez testified he opened fire because he feared for his life.

Defense attorney Charles Robinson says he expects his client to seek an appeal, with the appeal process expected to take 10 or 15 years.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Good job by the jury as they considered all the facts...

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    bsybee

    over 4 years ago

    130 Comments

    In my opinion If you point a gun at me, you will be dead, I have a 98%. On my weapon, moving, But I wouldn't shot till I feel it was absolutely necessary. Without first trying to talk the person out. By using what ever method I could. But bottom line, after giving warnings and no response, I would of shot. Laming first. With shots fired back, knowing it was him or I. It would be I. That would be standing.You can't regret what was and what is. You do the job you were trained to do. To up hold the Law!

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    christianc826

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Sorry, but no one deserves to die. Not even if they themselves killed someone. You must understand that Alvarez more than likely only killed the officer out of a panic when he wasn't thinking, and also more than likely feels horrible and wishes he hadn't done it. Not even just because he's in jail. I know I've done stupid things that I regretted later because I panicked or simply wasn't thinking. Please don't get me wrong. I am NOT sympathizing with Alvarez in any way. I'm simply stating that, in my personal opinion, no one deserves to die, and no one should ever wish death upon another human being for any reason. Yes, what he did was evil and wrong, and I do understand why there is a very, VERY good reason to be incredibly upset that this happened, because I am, too. What happened to May was a tragedy. But don't we have enough people dying in this world? Murder is murder. No matter who is doing it, and no matter what the reason. If Alvarez is put to death, the ones that kill him will be no better than he is. There are people that care about him, too. Just like May. He's a human being, not an animal. I'm not trying to offend anyone here. Simply stating how I feel.

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    BlueBlood4617

    over 4 years ago

    80 Comments

    This is unfortunate, not the part about the jury recommending the death penalty, but that he even gets the chance to get an appeal. Ive got a recommendation of my own, you pull the trigger toward a police officer (whether they are struck or not), you should be killed. Bottom line, no exceptions. They should all get what they deserve, a short drop and a sudden stop.

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    BillJ

    over 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    I agree with getocop; Hang the B##$%^&* by his balls for an hour then hang him high by the neck until dead

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    Daysend

    over 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    Great, now in 10-15 years maybe the score will be just a little bit more even. I'm sure this officers life was worth 30 or 40 Alvarez's.

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    getocop

    over 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    SENSIBLE, DID SOMEONE SAY SENSIBLE. 10-15 YEARS OF APPEALS IS NOT SENSIBLE. HANG HIM NOW AND HANG HIM HIGH .CA STILL HAS THE MOST SCREWED UP JUDICIAL STSTEM IN THE COUNTRY. NO OFFENCE AZmeangreen,l worked the L.A. streets for twenty years. THE SYSTEM WAS BROKE THEN AND IT APPARENTLY IS STILL BROKE.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Good call, hopefully it goes through!

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    bluebrother

    over 4 years ago

    774 Comments

    Score one for the good guys.

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    AZmeangreen

    over 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    About time something sensible came out of CA!

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    The jury did a good job.. Now they need to follow through with the sentence..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Death is a very good recommendation!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11220 Comments

    Typical California BS., letting a known gang member and proven cop killer languish on Death Row, while the officer's family, friends and coworkers have relive everything each time an appeal runs its course. Jonas, you may just be right about this !! Guess this why the term "Swift Justice" is an oxymoron nowadays ....

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50920 Comments

    Great job by the jury.

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    bobska

    over 4 years ago

    660 Comments

    Fry his ass. None of this stupid appeal bullshit.

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