NBC Bay Area
The jury recommended the death penalty for Alberto Alvarez for shooting to death East Palo Alto Police Officer Richard May.
An East Palo Alto cop killer could become the first person sentenced to death in Northern California in four years.
After four days of deliberation, jurors found Alverez guilty citing Alvarez's criminal past, including drug and weapon charges.
A judge will formally sentence Alvarez in February. Alvarez's lawyer says the case will go to automatic appeal, but that process could take 10 to 15 years.
Convicted killer Scott Peterson was the last person to be sentenced to death in San Mateo County Superior Court after he was found guilty in 2004 of murdering his wife and unborn child.