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Shawna Forde was part of an underground network of people who wanted to stop people from illegally entering the country or at least that is what they told people. According to court documents Shawna Forde and Jason Bush would force their way into a home where they would murder a man and his nine year old daughter and attempted to murder the child’s mother. Of course police would learn that Shawna Forde and Jason Bush were actually looking for drugs and money. The pair would go to court and be convicted of armed robbery, two counts of murder and attempted murder and would be subsequently sentenced to death. Shawna Forde remains on Arizona Death Row

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Shawna Forde, a border vigilante, was sentenced to death today for the murders of a 9-year-old Arivaca, Ariz., girl and her father in a home invasion she orchestrated to rob the family.

The jury deliberated only a few hours before coming to the decision, but the one juror who spoke to reporters said the deliberations were difficult.

“We chose death because that’s what seems fair,” juror Angela Thomas told ABC affiliate KGUN-TV in Tucson.

“While Shawna Forde gets to delight in the picture of her brand new grandson, there’s another person in this equation who never will. There’s another person in this equation who’ll never get to wear her first pair of high heels or have her first kiss or go to prom or graduation,” Thomas said. “There’s a little girl in this equation who’s father won’t be able to walk her down the aisle.”

She said the trial, which included graphic, detailed testimony about how Raul “Junior” Flores, 29, and his young daughter were gunned down in their own home while Flores’ wife, pretending to be dead, watched, was extremely painful.

“Hideous, the apropos word is hideous. Every second of every day. Every time I close my eyes I see this picture. It’s a picture of a love seen innocent enough. And little hands with red fingernails and a white tank top and turquoise colored pajama shorts,” Thomas said. “I’ve seen it a thousand times in my house. I have daughters. The difference in this picture I see is that this little girl’s face, half of her face is missing.”

Shawna Forde, 43, founder of Minutemen American Defense, showed no emotion when the verdict was read, but her attorney, Eric Larsen, said he did not expect the jury to come back with a death sentence.

“No I did not,” Larsen told KGUN-TV. “I fully expected that this community valued human life greater then this jury did.”

Shawna Forde was convicted Feb. 14 of two counts of murder for orchestrating the home invasion. Prosecutors said she planned to rob Flores, who she thought was a drug dealer, to fund her border watch group.

There were rumors that Flores had a stash of $4,000 in cash in the house.

Flores and his daughter Bresenia were both killed in the May 2009 attack at their Arivaca home. His wife, Gina Gonzalez, was shot three times, but survived by playing dead.

In addition to the first-degree murder charges, Shawna Forde was found guilty of one count of attempted first-degree murder; one count of burglary in the first-degree; one count of aggravated assault, serious physical injury; one count of aggravated assault, deadly weapon/dangerous instrument; one count of armed robbery; and one count of aggravated armed robbery.

The Pima County Superior Court jury came back with a verdict after it deliberated for seven hours over two days.

Shawna Forde’s lawyer had argued that the woman was not in the house when Flores and his daughter were murdered, so she should not be found guilty.

But prosecutors said Shawna Forde was with the two men who broke into the Flores home, and Gonzalez testified that she was there.

“She didn’t put a gun to Brisenia’s head … but she was the one in charge,” Pima County Deputy County Attorney Rick Unklesbay said in closing arguments. “Because of that you must hold her accountable.”

Gonzalez, who played dead in the kitchen after being shot three times in the leg, identified one of the three suspects as Shawna Forde.

“She’s walking in and she’s got a smile on her face. She looks up … and walks back out,” Gonzalez told the jury.

The woman testified in chilling detail about seeing her husband and daughter killed.

“He’s all out of bullets by then because he used them on me and Junior,” she said of one of the alleged gunmen who had shot and killed Flores before turning the barrel on their crying daughter, Brisenia. “He stands here and he loads the gun right in front of her.”

“And is this something you can see happening?” Pima County Deputy Attorney Kellie Johnson asked.

“I just hear her telling him, ‘Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,'” Gonzalez said.

Then, Brisenia was shot in the head.

Two other suspects — Jason Bush, a known white-supremacist, and Albert Gaxiola, a convicted drug dealer — are in custody awaiting trials later this spring. Like Forde, both men have pleaded not guilty.

In a 911 call recording played in court, Gonzalez could be heard using her husband’s handgun to fire back at the men after they had left and returned, continuing to ransack the house.

“They’re coming back in, they’re coming back in,” she told dispatcher Tanya Remsburg. Several rounds of gunshots can be heard on the recording. “Get the f*** out of here, get the f*** out of here.”

Gonzalez said that the family had been roused from their sleep by a trio dressed in camouflage, claiming to be law enforcement officers looking for fugitives.

“They told us that somebody had escaped jail or something, they wanted to come in and look at my house,” she said on the call. “And they just shot my husband and they shot my daughter and they shot me. Oh, my God, ma’am, I can’t believe this is happening. … I can’t believe they killed my family.”

Lying in the kitchen, bleeding from gunshot wounds to her leg, she described the suspects as a white male whose face was painted black, a six-foot-tall Mexican man and a “shorter fat woman.”

In the courtroom Jan. 26, Gonzalez pointed to Shawna Forde and said she looked like the female suspect. Previously, however, she had failed to pick Forde out of a police lineup.

But prosecutors said there was evidence beyond that from Gonzalez and other witnesses that linked her to the crime.

They presented text messages sent through Forde’s phone and recorded conversations between Shawna Forde and other suspects. He said Shawna Forde had planned the crime for months with her fellow suspects, in meetings out-of-state.

“Even if she didn’t pull the trigger … make no mistake about it. She’s the one who planned the events. She’s the one who recruited people to do this,” Unklesbay said.

Prosecutors also said police recovered from Shawna Forde several items of Gonzalez’s personal jewelry, including her wedding ring, during a search after her arrest. Shawna Forde remains on Death Row

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The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld the murder convictions and death sentences of a former border-watch activist and former Everett resident for the killings of a man and his 9-year-old daughter during a May 2009 home invasion.Shawna Forde was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 29-year-old Raul Flores and Brisenia Flores at their home in Arivaca in southern Arizona.

Forde had planned the invasion and robbery of the Flores home, where she believed contained drugs, weapons and money were stashed, authorities said. The Supreme Court’s ruling said Raul Flores was a reputed drug dealer.

Forde intended to use the proceeds of the home invasion to fund a border-watch group, prosecutors said.

Besides the death sentences, Forde also received various prison terms on other convictions, including one for the attempted first-degree murder of Flores’ wife, Gina. She had played dead when she was shot.

In reviewing Forde’s death sentences, the Supreme Court said there was substantial evidence that she was a major participant in the home invasion “and acted with reckless indifference for the murder victims’ lives,” though she didn’t kill them herself.

The home invasion began with armed men barging into the victims’ home and threatening violence, the court noted.

After one of the intruders shot Raul Flores and wounded his wife, Forde did nothing to stop the triggerman from then killing the girl, Justice Ann Scott Timmer wrote for the court. “Instead, Forde left the child with armed men and went to search the bedroom.”

It was disclosed in 2010 that shortly before the crimes occurred, Forde during a meeting in Colorado had told militia members who included FBI informants that she planned to rob the Flores residence.

The informants told the FBI about Forde’s statements after the informants learned of the killings, and police arrested Forde in June 2009. When arrested, Forde had some of Gina Flores’ jewelry in her purse.

Forde is at the state’s Perryville prison, where female inmates are held.

Jason Bush, the intruder who shot the Flores family members, also was sentenced to death in the case. He is on death row at a state prison in Florence.

Another man, Albert Gaxiola, 45, is serving life prison terms on his murder convictions in the case.

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