Cop killer Luis Bracamontes was given the death penalty during a hearing wrought with the emotion of the victim’s family members and friends and outbursts from the defendant.
Bracamontes has sentenced for the October 24, 2014, slayings, which occurred during a daylong crime spree that began in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Sacramento and ended in Auburn. The Sacramento Bee reported.
Eight family members and close friends of slain Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr. gave statements before Bracamontes was sentenced in Superior Court. Bracamontes continued the outbursts and odd behavior he had exhibited during his trial before he was removed from the courtroom.
Sacramento Deputy Scott Brown, Oliver’s partner, said his heart was broken over the events as Bracamontes grinned broadly.
Motorist Anthony Holmes, shot by Bracamontes five times, said: “He changed my life, and I just wanna say we need to hang him.”
Luis Bracamontes called Holmes, who is African American, a racial epithet.
As Oliver’s mother, Joyce, spoke of seeing her dead son’s body at the coroner’s office, cop killer Bracamontes smiled, swinging back and forth in his chair.
Finally, as former Placer Deputy Chuck Bardo called him a monster and a coward, Luis Bracamontes began yelling and was removed as he shouted obscenities.
“And in the true fashion of a coward, he retreats,” Bardo said as cop killer continued to shout from the basement as he was led away.
“Your mama,” victim Holmes shouted from the court to Bracamontes as he was led out.
Despite facing the death penalty, Bracamontes gave very little help to the public defenders trying to spare his life, instead choosing to shout profanities and threats against lawyers, the judge, and witnesses over the course of his three 1/2-year court proceedings.
A jury convicted him February 9 in both slayings, and on March 27 the same panel returned with a recommendation that Luis Bracamontes be sentenced to death.
Bracamonte’s wife, Janelle Monroy, earlier was convicted of assisting him during the rampage and was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.