Calif. officer's killer accused of threatening others with retaliation
By Henry K. Lee
Irving Ramirez, 25, could face the death penalty or life in prison for fatally shooting Officer Nels "Dan" Niemi, 42, who was the subject Tuesday of tearful remembrances by his colleagues and family on the first day of the penalty phase of Ramirez's trial.
On May 10, a jury convicted Ramirez of first-degree murder, along with enhancements for firing a weapon and two special circumstances: killing a police officer and killing to avoid arrest.
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