Border Vigilante Shawna Forde Sentenced to Death for Home Invasion


Minuteman Shawna Forde Found Guilty in Home Invasion Killings

"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 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 Forde and other suspects. He said 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 Forde several items of Gonzalez's personal jewelry, including her wedding ring, during a search after her arrest.

ABC News' Devin Dwyer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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