04/21/2007

Calif. officer's killer gets life without parole

By Jaxon Van Derbeken, Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writers
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.— After emotional testimony from the family of slain San Francisco officer Isaac Espinoza, a judge was near tears Friday as she sentenced David Hill to life in prison without parole for the AK-47 murder of the officer and the attempted murder of his partner.


San Francisco Police Officers stand together after addressing the media in San Francisco on April 21, 2004. The officer's union sought the death penalty for David Hill, who stands accused of gunning down SFPD officer Isaac Espinoza.(AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Superior Court Judge Carol Yaggy spoke directly to the defendant, Hill, 23, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in January, as he sat in his red jail jumpsuit in the courtroom packed with officers and Espinoza's family.

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