A superior court judge this week sentenced a Utah woman to decades behind bars for aiding her husband in the 2014 murders of two law enforcement officers.
According to Fox News, 41-year-old Janelle Monroy argued in court that she feared her husband, Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant accused of killing Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Detective Michael Davis Jr.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bracamontes openly admitted to killing the two men in a profanity-laced courtroom outburst in which he said his only regret was not killing more.
Monroy, a U.S. citizen, was accused of transferring her husband’s rifle from one vehicle to another as the couple engaged in a drug-fueled crime spree.
Upon sentencing her to just shy of 50 years in prison this week following a guilty verdict on 10 counts — including murder — last month, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White acknowledged that Monroy was not the ringleader but said she deserved much of the blame.
“Ms. Monroy, you did not start this reign of terror, but you joined in immediately after as an active participant,” he said.
As Sacramento prosecutor Rod Norgaard described the crime in court, Monroy knew of her husband’s murderous plans before she set off with him on the ill-fated journey.
Her attorney, however, argued that she was another victim of Bracamontes’ violent behavior.
“She’s not the person who killed law enforcement officers,” Pete Kmeto argued. “This client is not an evil person, this client has been victimized and has had a tough life.”
[Featured image: Danny Oliver and Michael Davis Jr./Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Placer County Sheriff’s Department]