Donnie Delahanty, a dumb-ass kid from a dysfunctional family who killed a cop in 2005 for the hell of it, was ordered to death row earlier today.
Delahanty (shown here in a 2005 photo) stared straight ahead as a court clerk for Superior Court Judge Warren Granville read the jury's verdict.
Earlier this month, the same panel convicted the 22-year-old of first-degree murder and other charges in the May 2005 death of veteran Phoenix police officer David Uribe. Delahanty shot the 48-year-old cop three times in the face and neck during a routine traffic stop in west Phoenix.
In his closing argument during the penalty phase, deputy county attorney Michael Gingold aptly described the officer's murder as "shocking and brutal. [Delahanty] murdered someone simply trying to do his job."
Gingold suggested to the jury that "the defendant will kill anyone. He is dangerous, it's that simple, and he must be stopped."
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Stephen Duncan, who was one of Delahanty's attorneys, pointed out that "this isn't an eye for an eye society that we live in [and] a life sentence is not a lenient sentence...The tragedy of what happened can't be undone."
But the jury didn't buy that argument, and decided after only a few hours of deliberating whether to impose the ultimate legal sanction--death by lethal injection.
Delahanty soon will be transported to death row at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, to await the outcomes of his automatic appeals in a small cell by himself in the super-max environment of Special Management Unit II.