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Right-Wing Extremist Sentenced To 41 Years In Murder Of Federal Officer

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Steven Carrillo

Steven Carrillo, an alleged member of the far-right militia group “boogaloo” has been sentenced to 41 years in prison Friday for the fatal shooting of a federal security officer and the attempted murder of a second officer in Oakland, California.

According to NBC News, the former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant had pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal murder charge in the killing of David Patrick Underwood and to the attempted murder of Underwood’s colleague after federal prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

The men were shot on May 29, 2020, while they stood in front of a federal building in Oakland as hundreds marched on the streets to protest against police brutality.

In his confession, Carrillo admitted to “posting messages on Facebook a day before the shooting asking anyone if they were ‘down to boog’ and saying he was ready to act and not just talk. He also admitted firing 19 rounds from a homemade AR-15 rifle from the back of a white van being driven by a man he connected with online,” NBC News reported, citing court reports.

Carrillo was arrested a week after the shooting in Oakland after he allegedly ambushed sheriff’s deputies in Santa Cruz County who were responding to a report of a van containing firearms and bomb-making materials.

During the ambush, Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was killed and several other law enforcement officials were wounded, according to authorities.

Carrillo faces additional jail time if found guilty of Gutzwiller’s killing.