Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Sentenced to Death

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Shawna Forde will be put down like a dog, thanks to a Pima County jury.
A Pima County jury decided this morning that Shawna Forde, the kid-killing minutewoman responsible for the deaths of a 9-year-old Arivaca girl and her father in May of 2009, will pay for the murders with her life.

Earlier this month, Forde was convicted of murdering 29-year-old Raul Flores, and his 9-year-old daughter, Bresenia, during a home invasion on May 30, 2009. Today, jurors sentenced her to death, according to the Pima County Attorney's Office.

Following the murders, Forde, a founder of the anti-immigration group Minutemen American Defense Corps., told authorities she planned to take the group to "the next level," which apparently meant leading a raid on the Flores home looking for drugs and money to fund the group.

During the raid, Flores, as well as Bresenia, were shot and killed.

Flores' wife was also shot during the attack, but survived, and ultimately armed herself and chased away Forde and her accomplices in a shootout that left one of the attackers, Forde's co-defendant in the shooting, Jason Eugene Bush, wounded.

Originally from Everett, Washington, Forde came to Arizona in early 2009, after a string of violent incidents in her home town, including a near fatal attack on her ex husband.

During the sentencing hearing, Forde's attorney, Jill Thorpe, reportedly told the sob story that is Shawna Forde's life, and asked jurors to spare her life.

From the Arizona Daily Star:

Defense attorney Jill Thorpe asked jurors to spare Ford's life, saying she was a "broken person" who suffered repeated acts of sexual and physical abuse and abandonment as a child.

The abuse and a subsequent stroke resulted in brain damage that left Forde vulnerable to manipulation, Thorpe said. She was unable to assess people or change course, she said.

Forde's childhood also caused her to develop a narcissistic personality that led her to make to outlandish claims and an inability to accept responsibility for her involvement in the Floreses' deaths, Thorpe said.

Forde recently told a reporter her group had 18,000 members when the group probably had, at most, 10 members, Thorpe said.

The jurors, apparently, were not sympathetic, and Forde will now join two other woman on death row as she awaits her date with the needle.


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boomom03
boomom03

I had the misfortune to cross paths with her years ago in Alaska. She was a sociopathic nutcase back then and I'm not surprised she is where she is now.

Donald
Donald

The Minute Men love killing children, as long as they are "foreigners" (defined as anyone not inbred white trash morons, such as themselves).

stucald
stucald

I am glad, I can't imagine someone killing a child, let her BURN!!!

Charles Martel
Charles Martel

This case has nothing to do with the Minutemen: Forde was expelled from the Minutemen. Forde and her accomplices were convicted of a drug-related robbery/murder.

I guess New Times writers don't actually read the news.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

"Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Sentenced to Death"

It would be fitting if armed guards stormed into her cell and shot her to death...

As for the "Angela Thomas" impostor, I like that the posts are still on these boards, only because I am able to follow this controversy, I don't know what they can do to make sure we know that it isn't the real Angie Thomas saying all of that stuff, but since I just saw this issue, it was much better than just hearing that a troll had gotten on and raised hell, it gave me some perspective on the debate.

Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas

Excuse me, I think that I may need to clear something up.

My sister sent me this link, and I am embarrassed to read what is being said. In my name and about me. 1st of all, I am the Angela Thomas who was a juror in the Shawna Forde case. I don't know who is posting in my name, or what all was said. I can only see what is on this thread. I did not post those things. The examples that were used were brought out in open court, and therefore could reasonably have been posted by anyone.

I am sorry that they were posted, but there are several sites that are claiming that I posted in their forums. Please allow me to set the record straight, I am a student who is in the middle of finals. I was in class yesterday. I looked at a few of the news reports the night of the verdict. I didn't run around stirring up hate.

I didn't even want to talk to the press. I got caught in the elevator by the Christian Science Monitor, and it seemed to snowball from there. I didn't and still do not want the attention, in fact, I feel like I looked like an idiot on the news, for that matter.I hope that it will settle as some clip somewhere in a dark room, soon.

Mr. M., I am sorry for the grief that your family is feeling. I am sorry that these posts have made a bad situation worse. I apologize for what was said in my name. I agree, if I had said those things, my Mommy would have needed a bar of soap for my mouth. That said, all I can do is apologize.

To the other "Angie Thomas", please don't use my name to stir stuff up. I am getting calls from all over the place wanting comments on things that I have no knowledge of. I wish that you would have the guts to use your real name, instead of borrowing mine. It doesn't look good to the scholarship committees when they google my name and this junk pops up. It is humiliating to have these things being attributed to me. Please stop. That said, I will be continuing to hunt up bogus posts, and attempting to clear this up. Please keep in mind that I am just one person. If you find anymore posts, please flag them for the admin of the site and reference this post as proof that unless my facebook is linked, I did not post, and would like any posts removed, if anyone would be so kind.

XSoldier
XSoldier

If anyone was more deserving of the death penalty, it's Shawna Forde.

Anyone that kills a 9 year old over a drug dispute just sickens and nauseates me.

I hope she dies quickly, painfully, and is thrown away like trash. And I hope it comes soon.

Car_del99
Car_del99

I was wondering... if they had anything to do with that rancher killed close to the border.. Maybe they hated him for helping border cossers....Somebody should investigate that....

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

@ porter cornThe criticism Angie Thomas received was based on posts she initiated. You mislead people into believing Thomas is being attacked for the verdict of guilt she aided in imposing on a col blooded killer. I criticize Thomas for equating her grief with the grief of the victim's mother. I criticize her for malicious attack of a family member of the convicted who is concerned for others who were legitimately victimized and who also happen to be related to the killer. I criticize her for using her opportunity to serve the community as a juror for the purposes of self aggrandizement.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

I hope Paul Rubin will investigate a possible connection between her and her associates with the murder of Rob Krenz. While riding my own water troughs the other day, it occurred to me that whoever shot him was someone he trusted. He was well-armed. And Rubin has reported that there was no love lost between him and the Minutemen. Just hope somebody who can will do some investigating.

Stupidis
Stupidis

how her sexual relationship with chris simcox was missed i have to wonder. it happend from 2007-2008.

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Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas

Hey Metzger, KISS MY ARIZONAN BUTT!!!! YOU DIDN'T HAVE YOUR CHILD KILLED, AND NEITHER DID SHAWNA! I was a juror in this case, and I sincerely hope that you keep your mouth shut about something that you OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT!!! Do you see her victims every time that you close YOUR EYES?!?!?! I DO! BRISENIA'S MOMMY DOES! Does the fact that YOUR family screwed Shawna up change the color of the coffin that little girl was buried in? NO! IT DOES NOT! SO STFU! Your family is sad? Rena should've thought about that before she sent your "LOVING SISTER" back to your Uncle's house to get molested....FOR THE SECOND TIME! Your "Mommy Dearest" should've asked the Jehovah's Witness elders about THAT one before she basically kidnapped your sister from the other uncle in Alaska, to send her to another abuser. KMA Metzger. I hope that your Mom rots in HELL RIGHT NEXT TO HER DAUGHTER!!!

Mmetzger47
Mmetzger47

You know something people ? I am npt making excuses for my sisters actions not at all but you all have to understand that there are other victums and your guys words are not making it any better. She has children that are going to read this and she has family that will read this.We as a family are very sad that my sister decided to do this horriffic crime, we are very sad for Gina and her oldest daughter but still we all are hurting by the fact that we too have lost a family member. I really loved my sister before all this went down and we are all flabergasted by what we have learned since this all began. But still it is a family member and I would be very grateful if you all did not use the words like whore and going to hell.If any of you have ever read the bible you would know that God even forgives murder you just have to be sincere in asking for forgiveness and I hope that Shawna will do this not only for her sake but for Gina and her daughter.We understand how everyone feels about this crime and we all agree with you, it was the lowest, dirtiest crime anyone could ever do. I am just asking for respect to her family please.

Forde Has A Better Idea
Forde Has A Better Idea

And I've been a junkie my entire life... want to hear my encyclopedia of whiney-ass justifications and excuses for my behavior ? I didn't think so.This whore intended to rob an Hispanic dope dealer, who lived close to the border, for his dope so she could peddle it for extra cash to assist her fight against Hispanics crossing the border to sell dope, and in the attempt she shoots and kills a 9 year old girl, and uses the defense that she was mistreated as a 9 year old girl...That's one for the books.I can't abide the death penalty, but this cow needed to be put out to pasture for good. and since I don't make the rules, Forde will languish on Death Row for 15 or 25 years before her time comes due. Maybe she and Jared Loughner can become pen-pals.Shawna, no matter how you die, may go to Hell.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

Her parents were White that abused her as a child. So what does "Brown" folks have anything to do with the "Kid Killing Minutewoman's" troubled past?

Nice try lawyer. Her troubled past wrought on by the abusive hands of her White parents, had nothing to do with "Brown" people. That does not excuse her for murdering a family.

She got what she deserves. Plain and simple.

Dick
Dick

why didnt james king do a story on the hells angels funeral on saturday? more proof that james king is a hack and cant run with the big boys.

G.P.
G.P.

Flores' wife is an astonishingly brave woman.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

This is a good start, but what about the "cultural" leaders and politicians who put all of this hatred into this bitch's head? She wasn't born hating Mexicans enough to shoot a 9 year old girl. She was influenced in some way by the people she surrounded herself with. Think Arpaio, Pearce, McCain, et. al.'s rants about how illegals are the cause of every single problem the state faces had a little something to do with this stupid chick going off the deep end and killing two Mexicans and trying to kill a third?

There's clearly an enormous stable of mentally ill in Arizona. With cuts to programs aimed at helping this specific group of people, this is all just going to get a lot worse. Expect more shootings and more shrugs of "so what?" from the "brave" nativists in our state's legislature (unless, of course, it's a white dude who gets shot).

Drosent288
Drosent288

There should be a special place in Hell for someone like her. May she go there soon.Perhaps some of the other inmates might hasten her departure to that place......childkillers have the lowest place in the prison pecking order.

Cyn
Cyn

Wow seriously, I am aware of this as its not old news however it doesnt make any different the fact that she and her two accomplices commited a monsterous and unthinkable act of inhumane heartlessness. Would you prefer that it says " Former Minutewoman"? I mean who cares!

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

Deny all you want to Charles but Forde was as much a Minutecritter as you apparently are. Gilchrist promoted and supported her, giving her a leadership position in his organization. Simcox gave her a position in his MCDC and his bed until she did fundraising in Washington for her own personal gain using MCDC creds and Glenn Spencer gave her free rein of his ranch in southern Arizona.

No,, she wasn't a Minutecritter at all was she!

Cyn
Cyn

See i told you all!! THIS IS THE REAL ANGELA THOMAS AND THE IMPOSTER SHOULD BE BOLD ENOUGH TO POST IN THEIR NAME RATHER THAN USING OTHER PPLS. NO GUTS!!

Angie, i as well as others have flagged the comments for removal however seems that this site as well as others i am sure like the BS that comes with the posts and they clearly dont care who they hurt by keeping them up. I mean why even have a flag button? Stop worrying, Those of us who know and love you know wou could not ever say such cruel heartless things to anyone.

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

People! This is the REAL Angela Thomas who served on the Forde jury. The other was an imposter

Cyn
Cyn

You arent getting it!! Thats not the real Angie Thomas so while you critisize the person who posted as Angie Thomas the real Angie is being slandered and drug through the mud. Please remove the comments posted by the imposter. I know the real Angi Thomas and i promise you thats not her!

Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas

To be clear, I do not equate my grief with the grief of the victims in this case. If you are referring to the posts on this forum, then I have already attempted to clear that up. I did not initiate any posts other than the previous one today.

If you are referring to the clip on the news, I looked like an idiot, I saw the broadcast too. I was responding to a specific question (which was not shown). Please do not make me out to be more than I am, or less for that matter. I am just a person who was placed into an extremely difficult situation. No more, no less. We were presented with evidence, we came to a verdict. End of story.

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

Ah, you misunderstood the point of the post. I was in no way criticizing Thomas for the verdict she rendered. She did her duty as did the other 11 on the panel. And in a state where it is rare to get a conviction for a white on brown crime. (ref: BP Agent Nicholas Corbett amongst others)

I agree with you on the malicious attacks on Mr Metzger who I have come to know over the past 18 months and consider a friend. Hope that clears it up.

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

You bring up a very good point Miguel. What people are ignoring about the Krentz murder is very quickly, authorities quit searching for the mythical illegal gone to Mexico and stated they were looking for a person of interest north of the Krentz ranch in the US.

And isn't it very convenient that before Krentz was murdered, SB-1070 had a real chance of being defeated, until, until, one of those "nasty illegals" murdered a well liked rancher <sic></sic>

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

This is a bogus post. The poster is not the Angela Thomas who served on the Forde jury.

Confirmation is on my site http://immigrationclearinghous...

Mr. King really should remove comments posted by this imposter and obvious Shawna Forde supporter

laollis
laollis

There is definitely something wrong with you. Seek help!

Mmetzgerr47
Mmetzgerr47

Angie Thomas,

Boy we can see just what type of person you are, and you sat on the jury ? How the hell were you picked ? as foul mouthed as you are. You know something lady ? I was not making excuses for what she did at all and I never have, if you knew anything about my family you would know that what was said at the trial about my mother was not true at all.You see they made my mom out to be the person that was the fault of Shawnas demise. Well let me tell you something woman I had a terrible childhood way worse than Shawna ever had and it was not because of my mothers doing either as she did not raise me, my father did. But you sure as hell don't see me or my siblings out killing people (whole siblings) that is.Younger Rena Perjured herself on the stand and told lies about our mother, Rena and Shawna got along rather well, she was the only one who was that close to Shawna, I was too but I was stand offish because of issues in the past with Shawna.I think I will contact the courts and let them know about you and what you are saying online and we will see just who you really are !As far as anyone rotting in hell ? Lady do you know that you also will rot there for your judgements ? Read your bible maybe you will learn something instead of foul mouthed filthy language ! I was concerned about the people who are not involved like her children, How do you think her children are feeling right now ? Oh thats right your are emotionless and have no feelings do you ? Well these kids do and I am not making reason for her crime it was one of the most terrible criminal acts ever to be done and yes we hurt for Brisenia and her father , very much so that I have shed many tears for them. I think you are a sick and demented person and you should go get help for your mouth maybe your mommy needs to wash it out with some soap..................

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Not cool, juror #8. Show some dignity while doing your civic duty.

Cyn
Cyn

I can respect that there is more than one family in grieving here and i respect that you have acknoledge how ugly this crime was/is. You stated she has children of her own so i ask whhy couldnt she spare this 9 year old girl? Its truly sad and i will tell you now that my heart goes out to the family of this lil girl and the mother who lost her family in a blink but also to the family of ms. Forde. Her family didnt commit the crime but tthey will sadly be treated as tho they did and they will suffer horrible critisisms, I am sad for the families but i am sorry if i am not ready to find it with in my heart to feel for Ms. Forde. In time forgiveness comes to all.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

She killed a nine year old girl. Being called a whore is the least of her worries.

To My "Dick"
To My "Dick"

What is so news worthy about another dead H.A. ?When they're all fucking dead, that will be good news.

Dick, eh ???

Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas

Actually Pit Boss, while Jared Loughner was an Arizonan, Ms. Forde was Washington spawned. We didn't make this one. in fact, we wish that she'd never heard of Arizona. We aren't an "enormous stable of mental instability". We're a diverse, tanned, and typically laid-back kind of place. It's too hot to get mad most of the time. :)

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

The end does not justify the means. Stay on task Dupnik.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

My comment is based on your blog and specifically the paragraph where you state that Thomas is responding to criticism she is receiving on this new times forum. I was not clear what I was speaking to and I apologize for that. I take offense to your assessment that "white on brown" crime is treated differently in this State. Each case stands alone on it's own merit. To draw such a conclusion based on one o even several separate cases is intellectually dishonest. The true crime that is going largely ignored are those crimes perpetuated by Mexican and Mexican American suspects who are exploiting the immigrants for their own personal gain. Sex, drug and human trafficking are rabid an rampant and ignored. Representative Sinima introduces legislation to assist in efforts to protect these immigrants rights and she is shouted down by that racist Gallindo who is one of the main perpetrators for exploiting the human rights of immigrants from the South.

Cyn
Cyn

I read the post earlier before i found these and thats what made me want to go look. She doesnt deserve to e slandered like this and i can only imagine its breaking her heart. I read the article and update not too long ago and i thank you kindly for posting her letter. people need to realize you can post as anyone on here and therefore can not be sure who is who. Obviously not everyone is honest or has the guts to post as themselves but i know her and i know she wouldnt be so heartless.

Cyn
Cyn

I agree and thank you for posting this. I am really close with Angie and she would never be so heartless. I have flagged the comments for removal and hope they will remove it soon. She is being wrongfully bashed on due to this Shawna Forde supporter and its wrong.

Cyn
Cyn

I am a friend of the real Angie Thomas and i assure you that she did not post such heartless things. She is my best friend and like a sister to me and i assure you that if this is who she truly was i wouldnt trust her with my kids as i do not want them judging people as this fake Angie has. I assure you that the real Angie has anguished over this since it has ended and her heart breaks for all families involved. You can post as anyone you wish to on here and that being said there is no real way to assure who is posting what,

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Well said.I don't know if her actions meet juror misconduct after the jury is released, but she certainly has exposed issues that have occurred that could be. A juror's notes are to be left in the jury room to be destroyed. She is quoting from evidence shown to the jury, something I doubt she memorized.

Mmetzger47
Mmetzger47

Thank you for your understanding, please people do not get any of us wrong here we do not support Shawna and her crimes AT ALL ! I make no room for that type of behaviour. We feel so bad for Gina and her older daughter and even for the rest of her family very much so. I know I will never see my sister again, not after what she has done. Everyone must also know that Shawna did not just kill people but she also robbed others. Soon after the murders Shawna and Jason Bush and Todd Hezlett broke into my house and then did a home invasion on some of my mothers friends.

She is also a suspect in the shooting of her now exhusband. Shawna has stolen from me several times sometimes stealing my pain medication as if I did not need that . I can't move without my pain medications as I have a blown out back. But I always found it to forget it, but this time I cannot forget, I pray for Gina and her family everyday, I just hope that someday Shawna herself will admit the guilt and be right with the Lord.Whoever the person was acting as Angie, well I got a pretty good idea who it was. I believe it is a woman that goes by the name of Laine Lawless otherwise known as Roberta Dill. Roberta either lives in the Tucson area or the Phoenix area but is a complete mental widget who thinks she is invinceable. This woman has repeatedly been shown to the public to be a freakin fruitcake okay ?

My main concern was my Niece and Nephew I did not want them to read people calling her whore and etc. When I read those post I put myself in their shoes and thats when I replied. So people of Arizona it is time for you all to find Roberta and have all the people laugh her ass out of town ! She is a joke !

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Did you really just call Arizona "diverse"? Now THAT'S funny! I love the state, but the people fuck it up (legal or otherwise).

Who cares where she was born? She came here to be a criminal and whether people want to believe it or not, she was a product of the insane xenophobia in this state.

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

I posted a retraction and explanation on my site, http://immigrationclearinghous... and also flagged the comments here, but apparently sensationalism is more important to this site than is the reputation of a person wrongfully impugned.

Porter M. Corn
Porter M. Corn

Agreed. I've had the pleasure of becoming well acquainted with Mr. Metzger, his mother Rena and to a certain extent, his sister Melanie over the past year. On my website http://immigrationclearinghous... , I've followed Forde from the time she came into the public eye with her phony claims of rape at the hands of MS-13 gang members, a claim thoroughly debunked by myself, Scott North of the Everett Herald and confirmed by Everett PD detectives.

You have to remember. Things that allegedly happened in Fordes life, happened almost 40 years ago. Back then, there wasn't a wide spread awareness of child abuse issues and claims, if they were made of abuse or molestation, were largely swept under the rug, ignored, because it was embarrassing and improper.

Mitigation expert Margaret DiFrank testified that much of her report on Shawna's supposed abuse came from Shawna's mouth and could not be verified. She had to decide on her own, and being paid by the defense, is it any wonder she testified as she did.

The biggest mistake that Rena Caudle the mother made, in my opinion, was listening to the "church elders" of the Jehovah's Witnessess, who advised her to put the child elsewhere. And we can leave that there as we don't need a debate on the Witnesses or anything of the sort. It is what it is and from many discussions with Caudle and Metzger over the past 18 months, Caudle has regrets over some of her actions.

Yes, Fordes bio-family is dysfunctional, but show me a family that isn't to some degree and it will probably be a rerun of Ozzie and Harriet or something similar.

Gina Gonzalez lost a family, Metzger and his mother lost a sister and a daughter and in the end, nothing good has come of this for anyone. But nothing is gained by trashing Metzger and his family.

Cyn
Cyn

You are kindly welcome and thank you for helping to Clear Angies name as she is not heartless like that. She truly feels for those innocent in this horrid case. I am sorry that your sister has done such horrible things to you and the rest of her OWN. Its truly sad and the fact that she may have killed before is scary. I am sorry to say but thank goodness she is behind bars for she is not just a danger to strangers but to her own. Those she should love and protect. I do hope you can all remain strong during this time.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I'm curious why the defendant's lawyers did not use this as a defense. Perhaps its because there was no evidence to support such an outlandish accusation? I guess we will never know...

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