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PHOENIX (AP) — A man convicted of killing a teenager in a west Phoenix park as the boy defended his younger sister from an armed robbery was sentenced Friday to life in prison without a chance at parole, marking the toughest of two possible punishments he could have faced.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sam Myers declined a request from defense attorneys to sentence Vincent Quimayousie (KEE-mah-ousie) to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years and instead imposed the tougher punishment for his murder conviction in the 2012 death of 16-year-old Andrew Murphy.
The judge said Quimayousie was remorseful, but he emphasized that he killed an innocent person who was a child. "They'll never know what he could have become," Myers said of the Murphy family.
Authorities say Andrew Murphy was killed after he stepped in front of Quimayousie, then 18 years old, to confront him after he had approached Murphy's sister with a demand for money.
Quimayousie then ran away, threw his revolver under a vehicle and was arrested about a quarter mile away. Murphy, who was at the park with his 14- and 11-year-old sisters, was shot twice and was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later, police said.
Quimayousie also was convicted of attempted armed robbery and misconduct involving a weapon stemming from the holdup.
In comments he made before he was sentenced, Quimayousie turned away from the judge to face the Murphy family, saying he was genuinely sorry for his actions.
"I just can't imagine what it would be like for your guys," Quimayousie said, sniffling throughout his comments. "It's hard to go to sleep at night."
He commended Murphy family members who said they forgave him.
Murphy's family, including his younger sisters and mother, described the devastation the death has caused them and tearfully described Andrew Murphy as a generous and honorable person who looked after his family.
Quimayousie looked squarely at Murphy's aunt as she told the judge that the man who killed her nephew didn't deserve to be on the streets again. Quimayousie wiped away tears as his mother asked the judge for leniency.
Dominic Murphy, father of the victim, said he has no hatred for Quimayousie and his relatives. "If I had the chance, I would stand and take that bullet instead of my son," he said.
Quimayousie's family said they were sorry for their relative's actions. His grandmother, Josephine Quimayousie, paused as she gathered herself during her tearful comments to the judge. "He wasn't in his right mind," she said. "I don't know what he was doing out there that night."
Prosecutor Patricia Stevens told the judge Quimayousie shouldn't be given a chance to one day be released from prison and emphasized that Quimayousie, in trying to rob the Murphy children, had preyed on children by pointing his gun at them.
A Mesa police officer accused of sexually assaulting female suspects while they were in custody has pleaded not guilty in the case.
Who is Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin, the officer who has been accused of abusing ASU Professor Ersula Ore?
A trial is set for September in the case of a former Highland High School Junior ROTC instructor accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with one of his students.
Claiming new evidence of a pattern of misconduct, Attorney General Tom Horne on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dissolve the police department that patrols the polygamous twin communities of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.
A 19-year-old Tempe man accused of having an improvised explosive device in his bedroom in his family's home has been sentenced to a year of probation.
A 19-year-old Tempe man accused of having an improvised explosive device in his bedroom in his family's home has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge of disorderly count.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff's deputy who recently killed himself may have been shaking down immigrants in an unusual case where authorities discovered hundreds of hours of recorded traffic stops, driver's licenses, passports and other documents in the man's home during a drug investigation, according to newly released court records.
The revelations tie the allegations of racial profiling against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office to the investigation into former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz, whose bizarre behavior earlier this month led to a standoff at his house and later, his May 8 hanging death while he was being investigated for drug possession and the trove of stashed documents and recordings.
Among the materials found at Armendariz's home were about 900 hours of recorded traffic stops; nearly 200 driver's licenses and identification cards; five U.S. immigration cards; 104 license plates; four foreign passports; and 26 credit, debit and merchant cards.
The information is detailed in transcripts of previous closed-door hearings released publicly late Friday.
While it remains unclear why Armendariz took the materials, a federal judge overseeing the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office asked staff and attorneys during a May 7 hearing "whether or not Deputy Armendariz may have been shaking down some illegal aliens."
"That is part of our understanding," said Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan. "He very well could have. What's mysterious to me is why we didn't get any complaints from those people."
Sheridan said that after an initial review of the materials, "80 percent of those documents are Hispanic in nature." He did not elaborate in the transcripts of the hearing, and it was not clear what specifically they are investigating. Sheriff's officials did not return calls from The Associated Press. Arpaio's attorney did not immediately respond to a telephone message and email.
About a week before Armendariz's death, he was arrested for drug possession after he reported a burglary at his home. No burglars were found, and investigators believe he was either under the influence of drugs or having a manic episode. He later resigned.
The burglary call led to the discovery of the drugs and evidence and sparked an investigation.
Days later, police returned after friends of Armendariz became concerned that he was threatening to harm himself. After a standoff, he surrendered and was taken to a psychiatric center. He was evaluated and released, then later found dead.
After his arrest, Armendariz, 40, implicated other sheriff's office employees in the collection of documents, and a review of some of the recordings found in Armendariz's home indicates other officers may also have been present for what could amount to some 5,000 traffic stops, according to the hearing transcripts.
Arpaio's lawyer, Tim Casey, said a criminal investigation has been launched that may lead to witness tampering and obstruction charges.
However, during a later federal hearing on May 14 regarding the racial profiling case, Casey expressed hope that their probe would find the scandal involved just one "rogue person" — Armendariz.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow acknowledged that might be the case while also explaining that the investigation should be full and complete "no matter how high up the chain it goes."
"We will do that," Arpaio replied.
The investigation involves at least 18 detectives who are reviewing the traffic stop recordings for misconduct and others who are attempting to track down individuals whose records were found in Armendariz's home.
Nearly a year ago, Snow ruled the sheriff's office systematically racially profiled Latinos in its immigration and traffic patrols. Arpaio denies the allegations and has appealed the ruling.
In the meantime, Snow has ordered a court-appointed monitor to oversee the agency's efforts at retraining deputies and making sure the department complies with constitutional guidelines, among other things.
Pinal County Sheriff's officials say an 18-year-old San Tan Valley student accused of sexual assault and misconduct with a minor has been re-arrested.
I can only imagine how the parents of the little girl “accidentally” shot with a Taser by a Tempe police officer felt after being notified of her injuries. The incident occurred while the girl was in her classroom at a Tempe public school.
So Sierra Vista Republican Rep. David Stevens wants to make it more difficult to get public records.
“If officer-involved shootings are not investigated and handled correctly and thoroughly, the involved agency, individual officer(s), and entire criminal justice system will likely face severe criticism, loss of public trust and confidence.” -- Crime Scene Handbook, by Dr. Henry Lee, Ph.D., the former director of the Connecticut State Police Crime Lab and a world-renowned forensic scientist.
A Senate panel voted Thursday to strengthen laws that let people bring weapons into public buildings if there's not an easy and immediate way to check them.
The Gilbert Police Department has arrested a Junior ROTC instructor at Highland High School accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
When I saw the Nov. 7 KPNX Channel 12 news story headlines, “Cop cover up? Did Chandler police officers tamper with evidence after a Mesa SWAT sergeant’s DUI?” I thought, not another dirty cop!
Once again we are being told about the shenanigans of Republican Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.
A 32-year-old man is being held on $1 million bond after he was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of an Apache Junction woman.
Money spent on policy, but not necessarily on enforcement
A new Arizona court ruling says police can take temporary custody of a person's gun for officer-safety reasons even if the person's contact with police was voluntary.
A Mesa man is in custody on suspicion of child endangerment for allegedly holding a young child on the ledge of an apartment's upstairs window.
A lawfully impaneled jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. The State of Florida failed to prove Zimmerman committed any crime. The government used the full force of its powers to investigate and prosecute Zimmerman and didn’t prove its case to the jury. That’s the way the system works in the United States.
A Gilbert teacher was arrested on June 20 for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage student.
You can’t pick up the paper or turn on the news without hearing about yet another Arizona police officer being fired or investigated for a crime or violating their department’s rules of conduct.
A Tempe 18-year-old accused of having an improvised explosive device in his bedroom in his family’s home has pleaded not guilty.
An elderly woman crashed her car into a craft store in Mesa Tuesday morning, sending four people to the hospital, police said.