20-year-old man gets life imprisonment for killing 2 people who stopped to help him on the road.

20-year-old man gets life imprisonment for killing 2 people who stopped to help him on the road.

This 20-year-old man Jesus Deniz Mendoza has been sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday for killing a couple who stopped to help him alongside a road on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation.

Jesus Deniz Mendoza of Worland, Wyoming, pleaded guilty to shooting Jason and Tana Shane in the back of the head on the side of a road after they stopped to help him with apparent car problems on the reservation in 2015.

He also shot the couple’s grown daughter in the back as she was running away and fired or pointed his rifle at several other people who tried to help the family.

“I hope he dies in prison so the Lord can take care of him,” Jason Shane’s brother, Robert, testified during Thursday’s hearing. “I wouldn’t call him a man. I call him a coward.”

His defense attorney David Merchant II asked the judge on behalf of him for a 60-year sentence. But his prosecutors said Mendoza would kill again if he were released from prison.

Mendoza told the judge during brief remarks at his sentencing that he agreed with the recommendations of his prosecutors and would accept whatever punishment was handed down. “I think I do deserve life,” he said after apologizing to about two dozen family members and friends of the victims who were at the federal courthouse in Billings.

In addition to the life sentence, Mendoza received 60 years for several weapons charges and was ordered to pay $12,713 in restitution to the victims.

Mendoza was said to have suffered abuse as a young child but despite that; the judge noted that he had been adopted at age 4 and had a good upbringing after that. She said that if he had his way, there would have been six people dead that day in the city of Pryor.

“Your mental health issues make you a danger to the community, to any community you live in. You can’t help them, but the bottom line is they make you a dangerous person,” The judge Watters said..

Mendoza is also faced with a separate accusation of attempted second-degree murder in Wyoming, where authorities said he shot a man at a campground near the small town of Ten Sleep during a 2013 robbery attempt. Mendoza’s involvement was revealed during interviews with federal agents following the killings. That case is still pending.

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