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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The former leader of a Minuteman anti-immigrant group who organized a deadly 2009 home invasion in Arivaca will die for her crimes.
That's what a jury decided tuesday for Shawna Forde. Capital punishment for the deaths of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul.
It took the jury four hours to decide what Shawna Forde did should be met with the death penalty.
Forde came to Arizona from Washington state with a cause. She led the Minuteman American Defense, a self-proclaimed border protection group.
She decided to fund her group by robbing drug smugglers. That's what led her to the Arivaca home of Raul Flores in May 2009. That's where she and two others killed him and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia. There were no drugs and no money in the Flores home.
After the jury found Forde guilty, she testified about her rough childhood. Hoping the jury would consider it a mitigating factor.
It wasnt' nearly enough for juror Angela Thomas. "Thousands of Americans. Hundreds of thousands of Americans face tough childhoods. That doesn't give you an excuse," said Thomas.
The mother of Brisenia Flores played dead so she wouldn't be killed too. Her testimony was crucial in the trial.
The alleged gunman, Jason Bush, is set to go on trial next month and the other suspect Albert Gaxiola in June. They could also receive the death penalty.