Shawna Forde, anti-immigrant activist, gets the death penalty

Shawna Forde gets sentenced to death
Shawna Forde, an Arizona “border activist,” has been given the death penalty after she was convicted of murder in the case of a 29-year-old father and his 9-year-old daughter who were shot to death. The girl’s mother, Gina Gonzalez, was also shot, but she survived.

Earlier in February, a jury found Forde guilty of two counts of first degree murder after it determined Forde, along with two others, had invaded the home of Raul Flores in the tiny border town of Aravica, Arizona, impersonating police officers. When Flores resisted, Forde’s accomplices opened fire, killing him and his daughter.

Gonzalez, who witnessed the crime, then called police. A 911 tape played at Forde’s trial, and the jury could hear gunshots and Gonzalez “pleading for help” as the suspects had returned to “finish her off.”

Prosecutors said during the trial that Forde’s motive was actually money, as she believed Flores was a drug smuggler and she intended to rob him to “finance her extremist border watch operation.”

According to CBS News, the Pima County Attorney’s Office told reporters on Tuesday that the jury had returned with the death penalty against Forde, making her one of only three women on Arizona’s death row.