Forde gets additional 65 years

Death-row inmate receives additional time for other charges
2011-04-26T00:00:00Z 2014-09-05T15:23:21Z Forde gets additional 65 yearsKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Death-row inmate Shawna Forde was sentenced to an additional 65 years Monday in the May 2009 deaths of a 9-year-old Arivaca girl and the girl's father.

Forde declined to make a statement prior to Judge John Leonardo's imposition of the sentences in Pima County Superior Court.

Forde, 43, was convicted in February of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for orchestrating the deaths of Raul Junior Flores, 29, and Brisenia Flores.

She was also convicted of the attempted first-degree murder of Flores' wife, Gina Gonzalez, and five burglary, aggravated-assault and armed-robbery counts. Leonardo imposed 10 or 15 years on each of those counts and ran all but one of them consecutive to each other and consecutive to the death sentences.

The Floreses died May 30, 2009, after Flores let a couple pretending to be law enforcement officers into his home in Arivaca. Gonzalez testified she and Flores, her husband of 13 years, were shot after he expressed doubts about their identity.

The gunman assured Brisenia he wasn't going to shoot her, but then shot her twice while she pleaded for her life, Gonzalez testified.

Jurors were told Forde needed money for her border-protection group, Minutemen American Defense, and recruited some men to rob drug smugglers near the border. All the invaders got was a handful of inexpensive jewelry that was later found in Forde's possession, prosecutors said.

Jason Bush was convicted earlier this month of being the gunman and was also sentenced to death. He will be sentenced on burglary, assault and robbery charges May 13.

Jury selection for the last person charged in connection with the case, Albert Gaxiola, will begin June 1.

He, too, is facing the death penalty.

Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or kimsmith@azstarnet.com

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