SANTA ANA (CBS) — A jury recommended the death penalty Wednesday for Jason Russell Richardson, convicted in the February 2007 murder of a Home Depot assistant manager during a robbery in Tustin.

Richardson was convicted in April 2010 for the murder of 40-year-old Tom Egan.

Two previous juries were unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether to recommend death or life in prison without parole for Richardson.

Richardson wore full-body painter’s coveralls, sunglasses, dust mask and gloves to disguise himself in the Feb. 9, 2007, robbery that netted him about $500, prosecutors said. He was caught because he left behind a sock full of ammunition that had his DNA on it.

Prosecutors pushed for the death penalty, noting that Richardson raped two ex-girlfriends in 1990 and 17 years later shot and killed Egan, who was trying to convince Richardson to not hurt any of his co-workers during armed holdup.

Jurors were shown surveillance video of Richardson shooting Egan in the stomach and then turning his attention to another clerk he ordered to give him cash.

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Comments (6)
  1. Taxpayer says:

    There is no such thing as The death Penality in California.

    1. c says:

      They say it, but they don’t do it. Its all talk and no action. This guy will die of something other than execution. So…yeah…for the most part…California has no death penalty. It’ll be pretty much the same as Life Without Parole.

  2. duh says:

    While “Death Penalty” is an annihilation of commonly understand language, at least this pathetic idgit will be on death row awaiting CA to overturn capital punishment and commute his sentence. You have to dig for the good in the justice system, cuz there ain’t much there.

  3. Anthony Giovanetti says:


  4. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    A;bama just executed a white inmate, no BLACK unemployed protestors no fat gay white women crying for the cameras as was media hype in georgia for Troy Davis, as for Cal. never will asee the death penalty, reason:gay liberal stste

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