Sacramento County sheriff downplays cop-killer's immigrant status

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento County's sheriff says a newly convicted cop-killer is a "despicable human being" regardless of his immigration status.

Luis Bracamontes, convicted of killing two California deputies.

Sheriff Scott Jones waged a public campaign against the immigration policies of former Democratic President Barack Obama after Luis Bracamontes killed two sheriff's deputies in 2014.

Jones ran unsuccessfully for Congress and blamed what he said were lax policies for allowing Mexican national Luis Bracamontes to repeatedly enter the United States illegally.

Bracamontes was convicted Friday of murdering the two deputies. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty next month.

Jones says the slayings revealed immigration policy deficiencies, but says Bracamontes "is evil" regardless of his nationality or status.

President Donald Trump recently aired an ad Bracamontes, accusing Democrats of being "complicit" in the slayings of police by people in the U.S. illegally.


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Jurors have convicted a man in the United States illegally of killing two Northern California deputies in a case that helped fuel the national immigration debate.

Luis Bracamontes was found guilty Friday of shooting Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in 2014, then killing Placer County sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr. hours later.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bracamontes, who has repeatedly blurted out in court that he killed the deputies and wished he had killed more.

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign recently featured Bracamontes in an ad calling out Democrats on immigration.

Defense attorneys argued that Bracamontes is mentally ill and should be spared. He was found competent to stand trial.

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