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David Murillo sentenced to life in prison for murder of Nogales Police officer

Posted at 4:17 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 01:34:14-04


The man who pleaded guilty to the murder of an Arizona police officer will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A judge Wednesday afternoon sentenced David Murillo to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Nogales Police officer Jesus Cordova in April 2018.

Cordova's family spoke in court Wednesday, telling the judge that no amount of prison time would bring back Officer Cordova. Murillo also spoke at the hearing, expressing deep regret and offering an apology for what he did.

Murillo pleaded guilty to 39 counts in the case last month, including kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault and first-degree murder. The judge sentenced Murillo to more than 119 years in prison and three life sentences Wednesday in Santa Cruz County Court in Nogales.

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The incident began when Murillo stole a car at gunpoint in Nogales and led police on a chase. When he finally stopped, he got out of the car and fired 15 shots at a police cruiser, hitting and killing Officer Cordova.