Quintero was in the country illegally when he killed Johnson. Heâ€™d already been deported once after he was convicted for indecency with a child.How often do you hear conflation paranoia so elegantly voiced?! Anyway, itâ€™s the press that has a hard time differentiating between legal and illegal immigrants, not the public.
Rafael Perez, a Houstonian who became a naturalized U.S. citizen Wednesday, said he worried the verdict would negatively affect other immigrants.
â€?People are going to think that people who are trying to do things the correct way, that they shouldnâ€™t have a citizenship,â€? Perez said. [Could the Quintero verdict have damaging effects for immigrants?, By Courtney ZubowskiÂ KHOU-TV, May 21, 2008]
Meanwhile, the stone-cold killer is surprised at his good fortune:
Almost two years ago, Juan Leonardo Quintero predicted in a jail house interview that he would be sent to the death chamber for shooting Houston police officer Rodney Johnson.The article included informative statistics about the frequency of the death penalty against cop killers in Harris County.
"I was wrong," he said Wednesday from a Harris County jail a day after he was sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. [Quintero didn't expect to be spared after slaying, By Rosanna Ruiz And Brian Rogersm Houston Chronicle, May 21, 2008
Since 1990, at least nine men have been sentenced to death in police officer slayings. At least four others have been sentenced to life in prison, although the law has continued to change regarding the minimum amount of time they have to spend behind bars.A death sentence should be understood by criminals as automatic for murdering an officer. Otherwise the job of police will become even more hazardous than it already is.