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The 1983 murder of Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Lawrence (Mike) Lavieri was particularly brutal. A suspect, Lionel F. Henry, had grabbed Lavieri's revolver at a Carson gas station after he was ordered out of his car, then turned it on Lavieri and his partner. Despite his head wound, Lavieri pursued Henry into a vacant house, where Henry shot the deputy again and crushed his skull with the lid of a toilet tank. A jury found no premeditation and returned a verdict of second-degree murder.
Deputy's Killer Gets Maximum Prison Term
Declaring the penalty so inadequate as to be unjust, a judge imposed the maximum prison term of 30 years to life Tuesday on a car thief who shot two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in Carson two years ago, killing one of them. "The laws of the state of California are woefully inadequate, both to punish crime and to protect society. And this case underscores that," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Williams III said as he passed sentence on Lionel F. Henry