PLACERVILLE (CBS13)  —  A Northern California man has been sentenced to death for killing a California Highway Patrol officer during a high-speed chase.

A judge ruled to uphold the jury’s recommendation for the death penalty for David Zanon at this morning’s sentencing in El Dorado County.  Zanon was convicted in the July 2007 death of CHP Officer Scott Russell.

46-year-old Russell was killed when Zanon deliberately swerved and hit Russell as he put down spike strips on Highway 50 in El Dorado County.

Zanon also was found guilty of the attempted murder of another CHP officer who earlier had also tried to end the pursuit with a spike strip, as well as a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy involved in the chase.

The pursuit had begun about 30 miles away when officers responded to a report that Zanon was burglarizing a business in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova.

Comments (8)
  1. tired of it says:

    Too bad he will sit on death row for the rest of his life. People like him should be killed right after they are found guilty. No appeal for this one….

  2. jd says:

    You are so right if they have 100 % that they did it they need to be killed right after it like 24 to 48 hr

  3. Crossman says:

    Why is it that MOST folks I talk to state that this man and every other convicted of “Death Sentence” crimes are not SWIFTLY put to rest????????????? Put me in charge I give them 30 days to make their peace, that’s it!

  4. yoyo says:

    Bring him outside the courthouse and i’ll take care of the rest.

  5. Marco says:

    Zanon executed instantly and without mercy Office Russell.
    Officer Russell had no one to intercede on his behalf to plead for his life.
    Zanon will live the rest of his life in an aircondioned cell, with color tv, three meals a day, exercise, books, no bills to pay, no responsibilities thanks to the bleeding hearts ultra liberals. The death penalty is a joke…My deepest condolences to Officer Russell’s family and fellor officers.

    1. B.T. says:

      Well said sir….my hat is off to you and your family!

  6. Winter07 says:

    i’m a bleeding-heart ultra liberal and believe in due process of the law! and this man has been found guilty and sentenced to death. therefore, death should be carried out — not with revenge but with justice.

  7. JR says:

    42K a year estimated to house this guy for the 10 years of appeals he will get as a minimum cost to the state ???? Just give him life without and no taxpayers will feel the pinch. Also, my only question is 1st degree murder is premeditated for the most part so if someone is high on running from police is that person premeditating anything? Was he on a drug binge? Lock him away in and let him work for the rest of his life making license plates for me and other tax payers instead of saying kill him which takes a millions of attorney hours (paid by us) and then we have to house and feed this moron for another 10 years costing taxpayer an additional million or two.

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