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Phoenix New Times: Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Sentenced to Death

February 22, 2011- A Pima County jury decided this morning that Shawna Forde, the kid-killing minutewoman responsible for the deaths of a 9-year-old Arivaca girl and her father in May of 2009, will pay for the murders with her life.

Earlier this month, Forde was convicted of murdering 29-year-old Raul Flores, and his 9-year-old daughter, Bresenia, during a home invasion on May 30, 2009. Today, jurors sentenced her to death, according to the Pima County Attorney's Office.

Following the murders, Forde, a founder of the anti-immigration group Minutemen American Defense Corps., told authorities she planned to take the group to "the next level," which apparently meant leading a raid on the Flores home looking for drugs and money to fund the group.

During the raid, Flores, as well as Bresenia, were shot and killed.

Flores' wife was also shot during the attack, but survived, and ultimately armed herself and chased away Forde and her accomplices in a shootout that left one of the attackers, Forde's co-defendant in the shooting, Jason Eugene Bush, wounded.

Originally from Everett, Washington, Forde came to Arizona in early 2009, after a string of violent incidents in her home town, including a near fatal attack on her ex husband.

During the sentencing hearing, Forde's attorney, Jill Thorpe, reportedly told the sob story that is Shawna Forde's life, and asked jurors to spare her life.



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