Jason Bush Sentenced to Death for Killing Girl and Her Father in Arizona

Jason Bush was sentenced to death today for killing 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father in a 2009 attack meant to raise funds for border militia activities.

Bush joins Shawna Forde, who was also convicted of murder in the case, on Arizona’s death row.

The Arizona Daily Star reports:

Defense attorney Richard Parrish tried to convince the jurors to spare Jason Bush’s life Tuesday afternoon by questioning the state’s motives, hammering on his client’s mental illness and quoting from both the Old and the New Testaments.

He failed.

The Pima County jury sentenced Bush to die after deliberating nearly four hours over two days. Bush showed no reaction at sentencing this morning.

Bush, 36, was convicted of first-degree murder last month in the May 30, 2009, deaths of Arivaca residents Raul Junior Flores, 29, and his daughter Brisenia Flores, 9.

Bush was part of Minutemen American Defense founder Shawna Forde’s plan to rob and kill drug smugglers to fund her organization, prosecutors say. Forde, 43, was convicted and sentenced to death in February.

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