After deliberating for over three hours, a jury reached their penalty decision today. The jury has recommended that convicted felon Earl Ellis Green be sentenced to death, instead of life imprisonment, for the killing of Riverside Police Officer Ryan Bonaminio on November 7, 2010 during a traffic stop.
The same jury handed down the guilty verdict last month.
According to the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, Green, 46, was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder; two special circumstances of the murder of a law enforcement officer and murder to avoid imminent arrest; one count of vehicle theft with a previous conviction for vehicle theft; and one count for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Bonaminio, 27, was born and raised in Riverside and graduated from Riverside’s Ramona High School in 2000. He was a four-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department and served as a member of the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Final sentencing has been scheduled for June 25th.
See related story: Guilty verdict in murder of Officer Ryan Bonaminio
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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