Prosecutors to seek death penalty for man accused of killing deputies

Placer and Sacramento prosecutors seek death penalty for a man accused of killing two deputies

Prosecutors announced that they will seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing two sheriff's deputies during a six-hour shooting rampage in Northern California in October.

Prosecutors in Placer and Sacramento counties discussed the case with the victims' families before coming to their decision about Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, according to a joint release from the counties' district attorneys.

Bracamontes faces two counts of murder in the deaths of Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Oliver and Placer County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis. He is also charged with three counts of attempted murder -- including shooting a motorist he allegedly carjacked.

"Both offices independently concluded that the death penalty is the appropriate penalty in this instance," the prosecutors' statement said.

Calls to Bracamontes' public defender Jeffrey Barbour in Sacramento were not immediately returned.

According to the district attorneys, prosecutors also sought input from his public defenders, who requested a future opportunity to submit a package of materials, so that they can reconsider their decision to seek the death penalty.

Bracamontes is charged with several carjacking and weapons-related felonies.

Authorities say Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Monroy, 38, who also faces  murder and attempted murder charges, were on the run from law enforcement after they shot Oliver in a hotel parking lot on Oct. 24.

The couple tried to carjack a motorist, who refused to turn over his keys and was shot in the head, authorities said. They allegedly stole another car and drove to Auburn, where they were confronted by Davis and his partner. 

Bracamontes shot at Davis and his partner with an AR-15, authorities said. Davis later died.

Prosecutors said the couple stole a Placer County sheriff’s vehicle and shotgun.

But authorities eventually caught up to Bracamontes and his wife. He was arrested in a residence while his wife was still inside the car.

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