Admitted cop killer David Murillo gets life in prison

Admitted cop killer David Murillo gets life in prison

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The man who admitted to killing a Nogales police officer last year will spend the rest of his life in prison.

David Ernesto Murillo, of Tempe, was given three life sentences plus 119 years on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

In early August, Murillo pleaded guilty to 39 charges in connection with the fatal shooting of officer Jesus Cordova. Prosecutors had planned on pursuing the death penalty, but dropped it in exchange for the guilty plea.

Murillo was was quiet, looked forward or had his head down for most of Wednesday’s hearing. He said he felt guilty for what he did and "if I could give my life to bring him back I would.”

“It makes me angry because, how dare he apologize for something he did,” said Alyssa Cordova, Jesus’ widow. “How dare he say that he’s sorry. He doesn’t know what damage he caused our community, our family, my mother in law and our children.”

You can read the full statement Alyssa Cordova made in court below.

Murillo’s charges include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, criminal damage, fleeing law enforcement, vehicle theft, impersonating a peace officer and illegally firing a weapon. Authorities said he carjacked six vehicles during a crime spree.

The April 2018 incident began in the 2900 Block of North Grand Avenue, when officers were called to the scene about a carjacking.

The NPD said Cordova found the car quickly and tried to pull Murillo over. Murillo allegedly exited the vehicle and fired an AR-15 at Cordova.

Hundreds attended a vigil for fallen Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova (Source: Tucson News Now).
Hundreds attended a vigil for fallen Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova (Source: Tucson News Now).

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