Cop killer Raul Gomez-Garcia was charged with one account of murder in the second degree for the death of police officer Detective Donald Young
, that will land him in prison from 32 to 96 years, but with the possibility of parole.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is presenting the Mexican government with this bargain to extradite Garcia after talking with Detective John Bishop, who survived the shooting, and the wife of the late Detective Young.
Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca Hernandez told Colorado U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar that “those behind the extradition of Garcia-Gomez should consider Mexico's laws and not seek capital punishment or life in prison without parole,” according to a Rocky Mountain News article
Hernandez has got to be joking! Garcia-Gomez held himself accountable to US laws when he entered this country. Every person here, beit they enter legally or illegally, is held to the standards of US law. Gomez and other killers that flee this country have to be held accountable just like everyone else in this country according to federal and state laws.
"(The crime is) upon your people, your court, your authority," Mexican Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez, in another Rocky Mountain News article
. "We want justice to be done."
Justice? Only if it fits your laws where the offense did not even take place. That's what you want, right?
Yes, we all want justice to be done! But let us do it with accordance to our laws and punishments. Let our people, our courts, and our authority find the appropriate punishment for cop killer Garcia.
Mexico does not support the death penalty and does not want any Mexican national in the US to be given the death penalty.
If Garcia is given the maximum sentence, 96 years, he will be required to serve 75 percent of that time before being eligible for parole. Lets hope that Morrissey tacks on every possible offense to keep this killer in prison even longer. This is possible, as long as none of them carry a life sentence or the death penalty, part of the bargain.
Its terrible that we are made to bargain with other countries in order to uphold our laws to their greatest extent, which we aren't able to do in this case.
I have traveled around the world several times. I even lived in Mexico City, Mexico for a couple years. It doesn't matter where I go, I know that I am bound by the laws of the country that I am visiting.