WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two criminals laughed and showed no remorse while being handed their life sentences for the 2015 shooting incident of a police officer.
- Named as Jamie Caudillo the passenger and Steven Rincon the getaway driver, the gang members from California shot at Merced Police Officer Ryan Rasmussen during a traffic stop.
- Following a manhunt that involved law enforcement agencies, both men were arrested and found guilty of attempted murder.
Two gang members from California who were convicted of attempted murder of a police officer in 2015 smiled and laughed while a judge gave them life sentences on Monday, says a report.
Identified as Jamie Caudillo and Steven Rincon, the two men stood trial for shooting at Officer Ryan Rasmussen, a former Merced police, on Feb. 28, 2015, during a routine traffic stop in Merced, California.
Prosecutors said that as Rincon sped off, Caudillo, the passenger, fired at Rasmussen hitting his bulletproof vest and his hand. Other officers also fired at Caudillo, hitting him at least once, reported the Merced Sun-Star.
Eventually, Caudillo and Rincon were arrested after a 10-hour manhunt that involved several law enforcement agencies.
Caudillo was found guilty in May for the shooting of Rasmussen, along with Rincon who was the getaway driver. Together, they were charged with attempted murder, according to reports from the Merced Sun-Star.
As a result of the encounter, Rasmussen, who said Caudillo “stripped me of my career”, lost his right pinky finger and was forced to retire from police service.
During the trial, Merced County Judge Carol Ash said that both gang members did not show any remorse.
As Rincon reportedly laughed and shook his head, Rasmussen’s mother, Judith, said, “I pray that they ask God for forgiveness.”
The Sun-Star reported that while Caudillo was given 50 years and eight months to life in prison, Rincon was handed 80 years to life in prison.
In addition, court records also show that three-time offender Rincon was also facing charges for a jailhouse murder.
Their lawyer said that they will soon be appealing for the two men’s sentences.
Source: New York Post