Steven Carrillo pleads guilty in the murder of Dave Patrick Underwood

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Prosecutors announced Friday that a former Air Force Sergeant has pleaded guilty to shooting dead a federal guard and attempting to kill another.

The authorities had previously linked the defendant Steven Carrillo, 33, for the far-right, anti-government movement “Boogaloo”. He fired about 19 rounds from a white van, killing the Security Service Officer Dave Patrick Underwood53 years old and injured another guard, officials said on Friday. Case against Robert Alvin Justus Jr.who is believed to be the driver, is continuing.

Carrillo staged the attack in Oakland federal court amid protests and unrest in 2020 after then-Minnesota police Derek Chauvin was seen on video violent arrest George Floyd.

“Cowards like you fear true bravery,” Underwood’s sister Angela Underwood Jacobs said in a hearing on Friday, according to Related press. She sued social media giant Facebookargued that the site relied on information they could have used to prevent the deadly attack.

The charges Carrillo pleaded guilty to were using a firearm in a violent crime that resulted in death and attempted murder of a person aiding a US government officer or employee.

Carrillo was also charged in California state court with killing Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller. Gutzwiller’s family, friends and colleagues honored the sergeant killed last month, announced the construction of a memorial to his name at the local Willowbrook Park.

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller.

Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller.

Carrillo admitted in court that he had targeted officers.

“I am affiliated with the anti-government movement and want to commit acts of violence against federal law enforcement officers in particular,” he said, according to the AP.

He was ready to avoid the death penalty for killing Underwood. Both sides agreed to the 41-year sentence, but the US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers is pushing prosecutors and defenses to come up with enough facts to support the defense. Sentencing is scheduled for June 3.

“I cannot accept a plea unless there is enough independent factual basis for the plea,” she said.

What federal officials are hoping to prove is that Carrillo planned to attack law enforcement. From DOJ:

Carrillo admitted that in the months leading up to the shooting, he frequently discussed and encouraged violence against law enforcement; Furthermore, in the days leading up to the shooting, he posted several messages on Facebook regarding his targets. For example, on May 28, he posted on Facebook, “Anyone down to the boog?” and on May 29, he posted “I just want to perpetuate the hatred and violence against dogs that attack the government” and “[t]This is a great time to sustain government devastation. Carrillo also posted photos and videos on Snapchat depicting anti-government paraphernalia and guns.

“It’s starting now and if it doesn’t start in your hood then start it,” Carrillo wrote on Facebook on May 29, 2020. “Show them the goals.”

Authorities said the defendant wanted to take advantage of the riots that followed the death of George Floyd.

“Come to the riot and support our cause,” he said in the DOJ’s account. “Show them real goals. Use their anger to fuel our fire. Thinking beyond the framework. We have mobs of angry people to use to our advantage. “

Carrillo’s attorney for cases did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Law & Crime.

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