The trial of Yousel Rivera is over, marijuana (drug crime) coupled with his alleged gang affiliation as well as other factors may have contributed to the outcome. Rivera was charged with shooting a Cape Coral police officer during a traffic stop. After seven days of testimony and around an hour and a half of deliberation the jury has found Rivera guilty. The jury did not agree with attorney David Brener’s version of events. In closing statements Brener said that Rivera’s brain was misfiring due to a seizure. Rivera’s sentence will likely be life in prison. Drug Crime
According to the News-Press Rivera admitted to shooting the officer three times. This morning’s article had excerpts from State Steve Russell of which included, “he’s got marijuana, he’s got a loaded revolver, he knows he said that he doesn’t have any ID” and “he knows the officer’s gonna come around and check him out, he takes the gun, puts it in his hands, he makes decisions, conscious decisions, to get it, have it ready and, as soon as officer Wagoner’s turned, shoots him to kill him”.
Excerpt from statement by Cape Coral Police Department: We would also like to thank the members of the jury for their time and service, understanding the burden this has placed on them and their families. We also want to take this time to thank the men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department- officers, detectives, forensic and evidence personnel, for their efforts in putting together the best possible criminal case.
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