Ex-Air Power sergeant will get life for homicide of sheriff’s sergeant

An ex-Air Power sergeant who fatally shot a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s sergeant in 2020 was sentenced Friday to life in jail.

Steven Carrillo, 32, pleaded responsible earlier to killing Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38. Gutzwiller was shot when he and different officers responded to a report of a van containing firearms and bomb-making supplies within the city of Ben Lomond, according to a report in Lookout Santa Cruz.

“You’re a coward,” Luis Rodriguez, a California Freeway Patrol officer who responded to the taking pictures, mentioned in a press release addressed to the defendant and skim in courtroom. “I’ve come to the conclusion I can not forgive you,”

Rodriguez’s assertion was learn by the prosecutor, according to Lookout.

“The trauma I hope to beat utterly,” he mentioned. “However I don’t know if that’s potential.”

Gutzwiller‘s homicide got here every week after Carrillo shot and killed federal security guard David Patrick Underwood. Carrillo pleaded responsible to killing Underwood as effectively and was sentenced to 41 years in jail.

Underwood, 53, was working as a safety guard for the Federal Protecting Service at a federal courthouse in Oakland on Might 29, 2020, when Carrillo sprayed bullets on the guard shack. Underwood was killed and one other officer was injured.

On high of the killings, Carrillo was accused by federal authorities of being a member of the extremist “boogaloo” motion, an antigovernment group that believes a second civil warfare is coming.

When Carrillo pleaded responsible to killing Underwood, he admitted that he posted messages on Fb the day earlier than the taking pictures asking if anybody was “all the way down to boot” and claiming he was able to act, not discuss.

He admitted to firing 19 rounds from the again of the van in the course of the Underwood killing.

“I aligned myself with the antigovernment motion and needed to hold out violent acts in opposition to federal regulation enforcement officers specifically,” Carrillo mentioned throughout his responsible plea in that case.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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