Outburst in court as South Valley man sentenced

December 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Punishment was handed down Monday for the cold-blooded murder of a South Valley sheriff's detective.

There were tearful statements from detective Kent haws' family during the sentencing of his killer.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy died more than five years ago during an investigation near Ivanhoe.

There wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom when Kent Haws' family and friends shared with the judge the pain they've been through since the Tulare County Sheriff's Detective was shot and killed.

On Monday his convicted killer learned he will spend the rest of his life in prison and the sentencing ended with two more people in jail.

"He saved his life," Jorge Banda's brother said in court. Kent Haws' friend replied "maybe he should have, maybe he should have killed himself."

That exchange lead to an outburst between the family of a convicted murderer and the victim's family.

Judge Darryl Ferguson arrested two members of Jorge Banda's family members for the interruption.

"Banda will get a chance to talk to his family on a daily basis. These boys won't," Kent Haws' friend Jerry Mayberry said.

A Visalia courtroom was full of family, friends and Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies all waiting to hear the sentencing for convicted murderer Jorge Banda.

The Ivanhoe gang member had no reaction as he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting and killing Detective Kent Haws' in December 2007.

"This is not fair. None of it is fair. I didn't get to say goodbye. I never got to say anything to him that I ever wanted to tell him because he was taken from me way too quickly," Dominik Haws, Kent Haws' son, said.

Kent Haws' wife Francis brought with her a book of memories to share with the court.

"I wanted him to see that Kent wasn't just a police officer he was a human being he was a husband, a father," Francis Haws said.

She also brought with her a Christmas card that their middle son made for them just before Haws' was killed.

"He says 'P.S. I love you, from Nicholas' and the bow and arrow he wanted for the best Christmas ever and in turn it was the worst Christmas ever for us," Francis Haws said.

While the haws family continues to heal, Banda now faces his new reality of life in prison. He had already been found to be mentally retarded in a previous hearing so he's not eligible for the death penalty. In addition to the life sentence he also got another 25 years for using a gun in the murder and additional time for a prior auto theft charge.


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