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Cop killer spared death penalty

By Susan Carroll
The Houston Chronicle
Officer Down: Officer Rodney Johnson

HOUSTON, Texas – In a decision that shocked the family of Houston police officer Rodney Johnson, jurors decided Tuesday that Juan Leonardo Quintero should spend the rest of his life in prison, rather than go to death row, for Johnson’s 2006 murder.

The decision came in the second day of deliberations for the jury, which convicted Quintero of capital murder on May 8 in the court of state District Judge Joan Campbell.

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