Monday, January 9, 2023

California Deputy Shot, Killed by Man with ‘Extensive Criminal History’; Judge Gave Felon Who Killed California Deputy Light Prison Sentence Instead of Life

Riverside County Sheriff
California Deputy Shot, Killed by Man with ‘Extensive Criminal History’:
A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop near the 3900 block of Golden West Avenue.
FOX News reports deputy Isaiah Cordero was walking toward a vehicle during the traffic stop when the driver, 54-year-old William Shae McKay, shot and fatally wounded Cordero.
A witness saw the shooting occur and ran to Cordero’s side, called 911, and stayed with Cordero until paramedics arrived. Cordero was then taken to a hospital, where he died.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released a statement, mourning the loss of Cordero.
The statement said, in part:
Deputy Cordero put on his uniform daily to make a difference in his community and keep families safe. Deputy Cordero’s death leaves a tremendous hole in the hearts of so many people who had the chance to know him personally. Today, Deputy Cordero made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty — a debt that can never be repaid. We must honor his memory and life of public service through our words and actions. Our heart goes out to his family, friends, and fellow deputies through this difficult time....
Judge gave felon who killed California deputy light prison sentence instead of lifeL
A serial felon who killed a patrol deputy should have been spending his life in prison for a violent crime just a year ago, yet he was on the streets, the Riverside County, California, sheriff said.
William Shae McKay, 44, could have been incarcerated under California’s three strikes law, but he was released by a judge and went on to kill Deputy Isaiah Cordero on Thursday, said Sheriff Chad Bianco.
“This terrible tragedy should’ve been prevented by the legal system,” Bianco said. “McKay has an extensive, violent past and was convicted of his third strike in November 2021. That case involved kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Instead of sentencing him to 25 years to life, which should’ve happened, the judge lowered his bail, allowing him to be released.”
Cordero, 44, was fatally shot after pulling over McKay’s pickup truck in Jurupa Valley, 40 miles south of Los Angeles. He had been a sheriff’s deputy for eight years.
McKay fled the scene and was killed by police following a high-speed freeway chase that ended when he drove over a spike strip that deflated his tires. --->READ MORE HERE
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