Wife of slain Red Bluff police officer "disappointed" by death penalty moratorium


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    The wife of slain Red Bluff police officer David Mobilio said she was disappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California.

    The man who killed her husband was sentenced to the death penalty in 2005. Andrew Mickel shot and killed Mobilio in 2002 as he was filling up his patrol car at a Red Bluff gas station. Mickel then planted a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag next to Mobilio's body.

    Mickel said he killed Mobilio to protest police state tactics.

    Linda Mobilio-Keeling said she's still waiting for justice for her husband's killer, 17 years later.

    "I don't think disappointed is a strong enough word," Mobilio-Keeling said Wednesday.

    "My view is that the people voted in 2016 and it was clear what the people wanted. My opinion is that the elected officials should uphold what the people want. What I want is justice through the legal system the proper way as law abiding citizens and that is the judgment that was made."

    David Mobilio (KRCR)

    Mobilio-Keeling made the comments while attending an event at U.C. Davis. She accompanied Assemblyman James Gallagher in delivering petitions to the chancellor's office.

    They are asking for the removal of Professor Joshua Clover who has made statements calling for the killing of police officers.

    There are at least 13 people on the state's death row from the Northstate.

    Shasta County:

    • Todd Garton was sentenced to death in 2001 after hiring a friend to kill his wife who was pregnant with their nearly full-term baby.
    • Thomas Lenart was sentenced to death in 1995 after robbing a business and killing the bartender.
    • Milton Lewis sentenced to death in 1998 after raping a woman, slashing her neck and killing her.
    • Charles Riel was sentenced to death in 1998 after robbing a truck stop worker off Interstate 5, driving the victim to another county and killing him.
    • Scott Varner was sentenced to death in 2010 after carjacking a Redding woman forcing her to drive to a remote area and strangling her to death.
    • Tomas Cruz was sentenced to death after his conviction for the 1991 murder of a Shasta County sheriff's deputy.
    • Robert Maury was arrested in 1987 and convicted of three murders and rape he had called Secret Witness to collect reward money for a series of crimes that he had committed.
    • William Proctor was sentenced to death after his conviction breaking into a teacher's home, raping and killing her in 1982.

    Butte County:

    • Dannie Hillhouse was sentenced to death in 1992 after driving his victim near Chico, stabbing him to death and stealing his truck.
    • Gerald Stanley was sentenced to death in 1984 after killing his second wife and 15 years later killing his third wife by tracking her to a resort and killing her with a high-powered rifle.
    • Lee Max Barnett sentenced to death in 1988 after confronting a gold dredging partner at a gold camp, shooting, beating, and torturing him before stabbing him to death.

    Tehama County:

    • Andrew Mickel was sentenced in 2005 after murdering Red Bluff Police Officer David Mobilio in 2002 as the officer was at a gas station, filling up his patrol car.

    Modoc County:

    • Cherie Rhoades was sentenced to death in 2017 for shooting and killing four people at a tribal meeting in Alturas.

    Cherie Rhoades (KRCR)

    Governor Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday freezing capital punishment in California which has the largest death row population in the country.

    The executive order will withdraw the state's lethal injection protocol and close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

    Newsom says, among other things, the death penalty is expensive, ineffective, not a deterrent to crime and finally, it is morally wrong.

    "To line people up to be executed, premeditated, state sponsored executions, one a week, for over 14 years, that's a choice we can make. Or, we can make a more enlightened choice," Governor Newsom said.

    Other governors have also enacted moratoriums. Republican Illinois Gov. George Ryan was the first to do so since 2000 and later was followed by Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon. Illinois ultimately outlawed executions, as did Washington.



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