Killer of Newman, CA Corporal Ronil Singh Avoids Death Penalty With Plea Deal
In a case that sparked national outrage, the murderer of Corporal Ronil Singh will face a life sentence without the possibility of parole in a deal struck by Stanislaus County Prosecutors in the case.
Paulo Virgen Mendoza, the murderer of Corporal Singh was an illegal immigrant, sparking sharp criticism from President Donald Trump of California’s sanctuary policies that drew national and international attention to the case that unfolded as the result of a traffic stop on December 26th, 2018.
In the deal struck, Mendoza agreed to plead guilty, admitting that he had shot Singh early in the morning on the day after Singh, a Fijian born American citizen had celebrated Christmas with his wife and young son. The deal will remove the possibility of Mendoza facing the death penalty, although the likelihood of Mendoza facing an execution was highly unlikely, given that California has not executed a prisoner since 2006.
In an emotional statement given in court in front of Mendoza, Singh’s widow, Anamika Singh-Chand, sobbed Thursday as she recounted “He loved his American dream of becoming a police officer, he wanted his son to also be a police officer.”
Sigh-Chand stated to Virgen Mendoza in the courtroom that he “tore away my dreams … tore my love away from me and left me silently screaming.”
She also stated to the court in front of Judge Ricardo Córdova that she believed Medoza deserved the death penalty but accepted that a life-without-parole sentence was likely the best she could hope for “since this is California and we would most likely not get it.”
In a bizarre statement to the court, Mendoza stated when asked if he understood the consequences of his life sentence, he began quoting the Book of Revelations in Spanish, predicted the “end of time” will come in 2025 and said God “has revealed to me that he is going to resurrect the officer.” stating that he believed God had forgiven him for murdering Corporal Singh.