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Tuesday February 22, 2011

Just In-Anti-Immigrant Vigilante Gets Death Penalty for Murder of 9 yr old Mexican Girl

Just In-Anti-Immigrant Vigilante Gets Death Penalty for Murder of 9 yr old Mexican Girl

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The leader of an anti-illegal immigrant vigilante group has been given the death penalty for the shooting of a nine-year-old girl and her father in a horrific Arizona home invasion.

A Pima County jury deliberated four hours over two days before deciding Shawna Forde, 42, would be put to death.

Authorities said Forde and two men dressed as law enforcement officers forced their way into Flores’ home then shot him, his daughter and wife, Gina Gonzalez. Mrs. Gonzalez survived her injuries after getting into a gun battle with her attackers.

Forde will become just the third woman out of 130 inmates currently on death row in Arizona, according to the state department of corrections.

“I don’t understand how someone can have that much hate in their heart,” Gonzalez said, according to the Arizona Star.