PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The man who was convicted of killing a Gilbert police officer nine years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

A jury decided on the punishment Tuesday for the first-degree murder charge against Christopher Redondo.

[WATCH: Local attorney not surprised by penalty decision in murdered Gilbert cop case]

Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty.

Redondo shot and killed Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler during a traffic stop near Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road on Jan. 28, 2010.

[RELATED: Jury finds man guilty in 2010 murder of Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler]

One of the accomplices in the murder, Daimen Irizarry, had already been sentenced to life in prison for driving the getaway car and leading police on a 50-mile high-speed chase after Shuhandler was shot.

But getting Redondo's case to court took longer because of questions about his competence and the fact that prosecutors were seeking the death penalty.

[RELATED: Murder trial of accused cop killer finally underway nine years later]

His trial started in January of 2019 and he was found guilty of first-degree murder on April 17.

But one juror isn’t happy with this outcome.

“Justice wasn’t served for Eric Shuhandle,” Lisa Lerma cried.

[WATCH: 'I'm so sorry' tearful juror says to murdered Gilbert cop's family]

She’s been a juror on the case since it began in January, and said the room was heated trying to come to a decision that she does not agree with.

“There was 6 for the death penalty, 3 undecided, and 3 lifes…and we ended up with life and I don’t know how we got there,” she said.

“What do you have to say to the lieutenant’s family today? Asked reporter Briana Whitney.

“I’m so sorry that we weren’t able to get there,” she cried.

But Valley attorney Russ Richelsoph said he's not shocked.

“Death penalty verdicts from juries are actually getting more rare,” he said.

Richelsoph said that's largely due to more criticism of the criminal justice system. He said people are more hesitant to call for the death penalty because it's something that can't be undone, should any new evidence be presented.

But he also said this trial took a long time for a reason.

“In these kind of cases, no expenses are spared by either side,” he said. “The prosecution usually presents everything they can in this kind of case.”

His attorneys will likely appeal.

Sentencing on the remaining counts against Redondo will be next week.

The Gilbert police chief tweeted out his reaction.

"This decision brings closure to our community after nine years of waiting for justice to be served for Lt. Eric Shuhandler. The Gilbert Police Department appreciates the continued support from our community. Lt. Shuhandler will be missed, but he will never be forgotten," said Chief Michael Soelberg.

 


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(12) comments

Johnny34

This was a cold blooded execution. Some people shouldn't be on this Earth, and the killer is one of them. A solo officer hearing about outstanding warrants should wait for backup, instead of being thrown into a situation like this.

Tony

To all illegals, felon minorities: It's open season on cops. Thank you aclu, this worthless jury and the pos lawyers.

ObeyLaws

What does it take to get the death penalty anymore?? If killing a police officer doesn't do it, nothing should! Rest in peace, lieutenant. #backtheblue

Tony

Ask the aclu who represents felons and illegals.

cliff

What ever happened to a speedy trial? Our entire justice system needs a complete overhaul. 9 years before it goes to trial? Is this their definition of a speedy trial?

whocares

Have to remember that many times the delays are due to the defense (defendant) using delaying tactics. So the right to a speedy trial has not been violated by the govt. The defendant can't ask for his case to be dismissed on denial of speedy trial claim when he himself caused the delays. I fault the govt for agreeing to constant delaying tactics.

Wazoolie

Put him in Bubba’s cell ‘cause Bubba needs his new meat.

HitMe

I met Det. Shuhandler years ago. He couldn't have been a nicer man. God bless his family and all those who miss him. RIP, Det. Shuhandler, you will never be forgotten.

whocares

There is no excuse for this taking 9 years for this gang banger scumbag to finally receive some measure of justice. He should have received the death penalty. The other poster is correct....the left leaning juidicial system coddles these wasted life forms. He shot the officer over nothing. But since the system failed to give him capital punshment he deserved, now he will go to DOC and be a big man because he killed a cop, and join his gang of choice in his new "career" in prison. What a shame. The young Glendale policeman murdered some yrs ago was allowed 7 yrs before he was brought to trial. There is something wrong in this county to allow that. In Texas, it would have been a year or two and both killers would have ended up on death row, and they would do it down there, unlike placs like Calif where lib judges stonewall the process and deny justice to the victim's families.

ArizonaG30

They should have pulled the plug on the b-----d

Dean

THIS IS NOT "JUSTICE" IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.

Dean

This is the problem with the ultra liberal court systems today - the guy should be have been executed 5 years ago (or less) instead of living off taxpayer money for the last 9 and the next 60 years with a good possibility of being freed within 20 by some liberal bleeding heart judge. And yes the Bible says to execute murderers.

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