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From Colorlines: Second Anti-Immigrant Vigilante Gets Death Sentence in Arizona

From Colorlines: Second Anti-Immigrant Vigilante Gets Death Sentence in Arizona:

An Arizona jury has sentenced another member of the anti-immigration splinter group the Minuteman American Defense to the death penalty for the murders of Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia two years ago, according to Reuters.

Jason Eugene Bush was the group’s national director of operations and is the second member to receive the sentence, following ringleader Shawna Forde’s sentencing in February. A third member, Albert Robert Gaxiola, is also facing charges for the case, and his trial is set to start in June.

The three posed as border patrol and law enforcement officers and invaded the Flores home in Arivaca, Ariz., a town near the Mexico border, on May 30, 2009. They fatally shot Raul Flores and then shot and injured his wife Gina Gonzalez, before twice shooting their daughter Brisenia as she pleaded for her life.

Although Flores and Brisenia were U.S. citizens, Forde and her squad targeted the family because they falsely believed they would find drugs there. The squad had planned the raid and robbery to finance their border-guard vigilante group. Forde was found with Gonzalez’s wedding ring.

As my mother would say: they need to put these people under the jail.

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2 comments to From Colorlines: Second Anti-Immigrant Vigilante Gets Death Sentence in Arizona

  • Jackie M.

    I’m against the death penalty, but this is one of those rare applications where I’m having a hard time putting up much more than a token resistance. You wanna live by Old West rules? FINE.

  • RMB

    Jackie, I’m almost in agreement with you there! It’s mind boggling how cruel some people can be.