YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) – Convicted cop killer Marco Topete has been formally sentenced to death.

A Yolo County judge formally sentenced Topete to death Tuesday morning for the 2008 shooting of Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Tony Diaz.

Topete showed no emotion during the sentencing.

Diaz’s family members addressed Topete directly during impact statements Tuesday and called him a coward.

“It took a lot to stand there, but I was thinking of Tony, of being there for him and knowing that he would want me to stand up and to look at his killer face to face and let him know that he took from me,” said Lupe Diaz, Tony’s sister.

Last October, jurors found Topete guilty of first-degree murder and recommended the death penalty.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Topete was a gang member who hated police, and that during a high-speed chase he lured Diaz to a secluded rural road and fire 17 shots at him in an ambush-style attack.

The defense hoped jurors would believe their claim that Topete was under a high amount of stress at the time and suffering from ADHD. Topete’s attorney said he will appeal.

Comments (11)
  1. Glenn bb.. says:

    Bye Bye Roach..1 down thousands to go.

  2. Grapevine says:

    now he can suffer high amounts of electricity, when they set his but in the chair, lets see if that cures him, and by the way May God have mercy on your soul something you did not show the cop.

  3. Irene says:

    While the ruling may never bring peace to the family of the fallen Police officer, while it won’t bring back their husband and father. It will serve some justice.

  4. Not Really says:

    Death from growing old sitting in jail, not really what the sentence was designed for.

  5. Crimewatch says:

    Google LEOKA why don’t you KOVR!!! Why is the national media pretty much ignoring the huge spike in LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted) in America. Maybe you shoud be asking WHY the City of Sacramento has only 1.4 officers per 1,000 residents while we now have over 8.31 convicted felons on parole being dumped on our streets. (Los Angeles has 2.74 parolees per 1,000 citizen) Oh, and by the way… Is public and officer safety Sacramento’s #1 priority? http://crimewatch.us/

    1. Ricky P says:

      Control your tourette’s.

  6. andy says:

    c’mon,he’s just going to sit on death row, with a thousand others who got the same sentence.

  7. It's out of hand! says:

    And the woman who microwaved her baby does not get the option of a death sentence. ??????????
    And the woman who killed all her kids in a fire gets 10 years probation. ??????????????

    Poor babies should have had badges.

  8. Retired old Guy says:

    Hogwash, it’s all a bunch of hogwash.

  9. redneckwriter says:

    Does it matter if he’s sentenced to death? The death penalty here in California is a joke. You are more likely to die of old age then get the needle in prison.

  10. D Bag says:

    They should sentence his gang to death too. Guilty by association.

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