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Paralyzed Cop Killer Gets Life for Murder of Seattle Officer

July 24, 2015  | 

Christopher Montfort was convicted of murdering Officer Timothy Brenton (Photo: Seattle PD)
Christopher Montfort was convicted of murdering Officer Timothy Brenton (Photo: Seattle PD)

Though a King County jury spared Christopher Monfort’s life for killing a Seattle police officer nearly six years ago, jurors were told his time in prison is bound to be bleak given his paralysis and chronic health problems.

After a six-month trial, the jury of six men and six women deliberated for less than an hour Thursday before sentencing Monfort to life in prison without the possibility of release.

After the verdict was announced, Monfort said, “I’m happy about that” as he was wheeled to an elevator by jail guards, the Seattle Times reports.

On June 5, the same jury convicted Monfort, 46, of four felonies, including aggravated first-degree murder for ambushing and fatally shooting Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009 in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood.

Monfort was left a paraplegic after he was shot twice when he pulled a gun on Seattle police Sgt. Gary Nelson, who was with two other homicide investigators following up on a tip about the car used in Brenton’s killing, when they encountered Monfort outside his Tukwila apartment on Nov. 6, 2009.

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jon Retired LEO @ 7/25/2015 2:37 PM

Rest in Peace Officer Brenton. It sounds like your killer got poetic justice which means that he will likely die in prison. Hopefully no one commutes his sentence. Heartfelt condolences to Officer Brenton's family and the Seattle Police Department.

Tony @ 7/25/2015 9:17 PM

While there might be those who would say that his confinement to a wheel chair is punishment enough, when a person shoots or shoots at a LEO, he or she is shooting at ALL of us. God bless the jury and their decision. They should never have sleepless nights over this decision.

Leonard Mather @ 7/27/2015 5:38 PM

We could derive even more poetic justice if Montfort were to be put in the same prison as Major Hasan who is also a paraplegic after Hasan killed/wounded 13 military personnel at Ft. Hood. Obama called it "Workplace Violence" in spite of Hasan's off-duty parading his Muslim Garments and spouting quotes from the Koran. Montfort an Hasan could share the same cell as fellow paraplegics.

Lin Thornton @ 7/28/2015 6:20 PM

Very sad for Officer Brenton and his family, may he rest in peace.

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