Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison -- in Addition to Death Sentence

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If Shawna Forde avoids the executioner's needle, she still has at least 65 years in prison to look forward to.

​Assuming Shawna Forde, the kid-killing Minutewoman sentenced to death for the 2009 murders of an Arivaca man and his daughter, avoids her date with death, she won't be getting out of prison for a long, long time.

In addition to her death sentence, Forde was sentenced to an additional 65 years in prison for the attempted first-degree murder of the wife of the man she killed, for five burglary counts, for an aggravated-assault count, and for an armed-robbery charge.

Forde was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for each of the counts, all but one to be run consecutively.

See our cover story on Forde from two years ago. 

Forde was convicted in February of murdering 29-year-old Raul Flores, and his 9-year-old daughter, Bresenia, during a home invasion on May 30, 2009. In February, she was sentenced to death.

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 also was 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.

Bush was also sentenced to death.
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forjusticeInAZ
forjusticeInAZ

Shawna Forde's death sentence is extremely unfair, especially considering other murder cases in Arizona. There is a good chance Forde isn't guilty, but even if she is guilty read this to see what is wrong with her cruel death penalty:

A tale of 2 murder convictions

Posted: May 27, 2011 

In Arizona, two people were recently convicted of murder, but the sentences to be served couldn't be more different.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?f...

Miguelobrien4
Miguelobrien4

One more thought. Glad I am posting these separately. Rob was armed with both rifle and pistol and did not deploy either. That tells me that it was somebody he trusted, who could get the drop on him. I live and ride on a working cattle ranch and frequently ride alone. When I do, I am armed, locked and loaded, and trust nobody. Jim Chilton, who owns a ranch in the Arivaca area, interestingly enough, testified that he rides with rifle and pistol and evades when he can, but will drop and shoot if he has to. He also added that no one should have to live that way.

Miguelobrien4
Miguelobrien4

Just glad to see that at least a few people are having the same idea. Thought I was by myself.

Miguelobrien4
Miguelobrien4

"an exemplary piece." I have since wondered why anyone mean enough to shoot Rob and his dog, would not also steal his weapons and quad for the trip back to Mexico. Rubin makes the point that Rob and the minutemen did not get along and the possibility was raised by law enforcement that the killer could be somebody local. In recent testimony before a Congressional committee, rancher Jim Chilton stated that Mary Krentz is very angry that her husband's killer has not been found. Is it possible that law enforcement is looking in the wrong places. Seems like some conversations with Forde and Bush would be in order, especially since both are looking at death and might flip without too much pressure. Just sayin'.

Miguelobrien4
Miguelobrien4

When news of the death sentence and the back story broke here, I thought of the mindless and evil shooting of Rob Krentz [and his dog], and called for someone who could, to investigate possible connections. I am not an apologist for illegal drug smugglers, but I lived out west of Tucson, in isolation near the rez, had illegals pass through and around me. No problems ever, But some local tweakers robbed me, nearly rode one of my horses to death, and once made me truly fear for my life. Paul Rubin wrote and exemplary piece on the shooting, and I pray the he or some other capable journalist finds out what is going on and if anyone is law enforcement is pursuing the possibility.

Coz
Coz

Fry the fuckers

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"If Shawna Forde avoids the executioner's needle, she still has at least 65 years in prison to look forward to."

If she avoids the needle, she will have life without parole on the First Degree Murder charge. For the 65 to come into play, she has to get rid of the murder conviction. If she could get the murder conviction tossed, most likely, the attempted murder conviction would go too on the same rationale.

About the only way she will get rid of the murder conviction is if they passed a law that says it is retroactively OK to kill Mexicans because we are being invaded. Even for Russell Pearce, that is a stretch...I hope.

Maybe it is good they are not in session now.

Car_del99
Car_del99

I wonder if they had anything to do with the murder of the rancher killed near the border

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