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Man who pleaded guilty to killing NPD officer sentenced to life in prison

TUCSON – The man who pleaded guilty in connection to the death of a Nogales Police Officer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Wednesday afternoon.

Back in August, 29-year-old David Murillo pleaded guilty to a total of 39 charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. He is likely to spend the rest of his days in prison. The death penalty is off the table because of his plea deal.

David Ernesto Murillo

According to police reports, Murillo called for a taxi on April 27 of last year to take him to Patagonia Lake. Police say he showed his gun and told the driver he was robbing him.

Court documents outline what happened next – Murillo fired his gun into the floorboard, disabling the car and fleeing. He would then go on to threaten other people with his gun and allegedly carjacked four different vehicles by the time he was arrested.

Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova responded to one of the carjackings and tried to stop Murillo. Murillo jumped out of the stolen car and fired his weapon several times at Cordova, who later died from his injuries.

Murillo would then carjack two more vehicles, ending up on the west side of town.

Border Patrol Agents found and arrested him near a trailer park.

According to officials, Murillo received three concurrent terms of natural life for the 39 counts he was charged in the incident. The concurrent terms will be followed by 119.5 years in prison.

Officer Cordova’s family is expected to make a statement today along with the Nogales Police Chief.

Stay with News 4 Tucson as the story develops.

Denelle Confair

Denelle Confair

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