16 September 2019 :
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony Villalobos sentenced John Hernandez Felix to death Friday. A jury on May 30 recommended capital punishment for 29-year-old John Felix, who on Oct. 8, 2016 gunned down Officer Jose Gilbert "Gil" Vega, 63, and his partner, Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27. Judge Villalobos affirmed the jury's findings and imposed the death penalty. The officers were killed as they stood outside the Felix family home in Palm Springs. Deputy District Attorney Manny Bustamante told jurors that Felix carried out an intentional "ambush" on police, who had been called to the home 37 times previously due to his erratic behavior.