Man convicted of killing Phoenix police officer gets life in prison
The man who was convicted of killing a Phoenix police officer in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -
PHOENIX (AP) -- An ex-convict convicted of killing a Phoenix police officer in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison on one count of first-degree murder, but jurors were unable to reach a unanimous sentencing verdict on the man's second murder conviction.
The jury announced its verdict on the one count for Danny Ledezma Martinez on Wednesday. Jurors faced a choice of life in prison or a death sentence.
Maricopa County Attorney's Office spokesman Jerry Cobb says prosecutors are evaluating whether to retry the penalty phase on the conviction jurors couldn't decide.
The 36-year-old Martinez was convicted July 15 of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the killing of 29-year-old Travis Murphy.
Murphy was shot multiple times May 26, 2010 while responding to a suspicious person call.