In 2008,Â Quintero was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison â€” quite a disappointment for us citizens who expect cop killers to pay the ultimate price, particularly in Texas.
Lurking around as a background element was the killerâ€™s employer, Robert Lane Camp, the owner of a landscaping company, who was more than helpful toward an illegal alien with a long rap sheet. Quintero must have been a heck of a gardener.
Details were provided in a 2008 article:
Employer of murder suspect arrested,Â Houston Chronicle, January 10, 2008The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do move along. This week Robert Lane Camp was sentenced to prison. Not a very long sentence, mind you, but how often does an employer ever face the big house?
Court documents show that Robert Lane Camp, 47, went to considerable lengths to help Juan Leonardo Quintero and keep him on the job at his Deer Park landscaping company before the September 2006 killing of officer Rodney Johnson.
In August 1998, Camp posted a $10,000 bond for Quintero after he was jailed on an indecency with a child charge and hired an attorney to defend him. After the worker was deported in May 1999, Camp sent him money in Mexico and later bought him a plane ticket from Phoenix to Houston after Quintero re-entered through Arizona illegally, according to an affidavit by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Camp then purchased a house in Houston and rented it to Quintero.
Prison for boss of immigrant who killed Houston officer,Â Houston Chronicle, May 10, 2010
Landscape business owner Robert Lane Camp was sentenced this morning to three months in prison and another three months under house arrest as part of a federal five-year probation for harboring an illegal immigrant who later murdered a Houston police officer.
Camp, 48, pleaded guilty to employing and harboring Leonardo Quintero, the Mexican laborer convicted of shooting Rodney Johnson four times in the head after a traffic stop in 2006.
Camp told U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore that he thought it was just a civil violation that he employed Quintero, who he knew was illegally here, so he paid his salary to the workerâ€™s wife, who had a Social Security number.
â€?I never for an instant thought I would be here,â€? Camp said as he stood before the federal judge. He said itâ€™s hard to hire people with legal documentation to help in his landscaping business because â€?itâ€™s hot, itâ€™s dirty and itâ€™s long hours.â€? But he also said heâ€™s kept up his business using legal workers since his employee killed a policeman.
â€?Iâ€™m very sorry and apologize to the court and my family and friends. Iâ€™ve shamed a lot of people, including myself,â€? Camp said to a courtroom half filled with his supporters.
Also in court was Houston police Sgt. Joslyn Johnson, the widow of Officer Rodney Johnson. â€?It was a slap in the face,â€? she said. â€?Heâ€™s just as guilty as Quintero in my eyes and just as guilty as Carterâ€™s Country for selling the gun.â€?