San Jose Cop Killer Gets Life in Prison Plus Some

The man who gunned down rookie San Jose police officer Jeffery Fontana in 2001 will never see the outside world again

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    DeShawn Campbell, convicted killer of San Jose police officer Jeffrey Fontana, is not eligible for the death penalty because he was found to be mentally retarded.

    The man who killed San Jose police officer Jeffrey Fontana was sentenced to life in prison without parole today, with additional sentences of 25 years to life and three years and four months. 

    Deshawn Campbell, 29, was convicted of gunning down officer Fontana on Oct. 28, 2001 during a routine traffic stop in the city's Almaden Valley neighborhood. Campbell spent nearly two weeks in hiding before police arrested him Nov. 7 in a friend's backyard.

    He testified in May that his friend Rodney McNary was the one who fired on  Fontana, using a gun Campbell had with him for protection after being  involved in a fight at a party earlier that night. The prosecution alleged that Campbell saw Fontana approach his car, panicked and shot him to avoid being detained for the two active  warrants out for his arrest at the time of Fontana's death.

    Campbell was not eligible for the death penalty because he was ruled mildly mentally retarded. He is currently serving 19 years in prison on two prior felonies.