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Hulsey sentenced to death in murder of Glendale officer

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Bryan Hulsey in court awaiting the verdict July 28. (Source: CBS 5 News) Bryan Hulsey in court awaiting the verdict July 28. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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A Superior Court jury sentenced Bryan Hulsey to death for the murder of a Glendale police officer in 2007.

The jury was unanimous in reaching the verdict and Hulsey stood and applauded when the verdict was read, saying, "Good job," twice, CBS 5 News' Jonathan Lowe tweeted.

For the first time since Officer Anthony Holly was murdered back in February of 2007 his family spoke to the media now that the trial is completely over.

Nancy Bonner, Holly's mother, said anyone who thinks Thursday's death penalty verdict should make her family happy is wrong. "We want you to understand there's no happiness involved today," she said.

Anthony Holly's father Bernie Holly echoed that sentiment and also showed appreciation for the people who delivered justice for his son's murder. "A jury of 12 people were able to organize themselves to see the crime that had been committed and to render a verdict that had to be tremendous to go through as individuals," he said.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer also sentenced Hulsey to nine years in prison on one count of attempted murder to run consecutively with his death sentence. Kreamer said Hulsey would die by lethal injection.

Glendale Police Chief Debora Black released this statement following the sentence.

"It has taken many years to get here, and it was a journey you can never be fully prepared to take. We are thankful to so many individuals who provided support along the way. Officer Holly's family and our Police Department family are tremendously grateful to the community and so many individuals for their continuous thoughts and prayers.

"We are pleased with the verdict. The jury saw through the fictional story presented by the defense and based their decision on fact and evidence. It brings the only justice we have available to us for the murder of Officer Holly. We recognize this outcome is due to the dedicated efforts of our Glendale Police Department Investigators and Maricopa County Attorneys Bill Montgomery and Juan Martinez.

"But make no mistake, as significant as the conclusion of this trial is, and how just the verdict and sentence are, it does not begin to touch the pain that remains for all that was taken from us on February 19th, 2007. We hope that the conclusion of the trial brings some comfort to Tony's family."

Hulsey, 40, was convicted of first-degree murder on July 28 in the shooting death of 24-year-old Holly during a 2007 traffic stop.

The jury began its fourth day of deliberations Thursday morning and announced they had a verdict just before 11 a.m. The verdict was read shortly after noon.

Hulsey, who has 20 days to appeal the verdict, mouthed, "I'm sorry. I love you," to his mother and then motioned a kiss to her after the verdict, Lowe tweeted.

Once outside the courthouse, Hulsey's family expressed anger and disgust. They feel their son's conviction on first-degree murder and death sentence were a miscarriage of justice.

"I feel like that what the judge said, that it was his job to ensure a fair trial, he didn't take care of his job," said Rondyl Hulsey, Bryan Hulsey's father. "He [the judge] did not ensure a fair trial."

The jury on July 31 found aggravating circumstances existed in the trial, making Hulsey eligible for the death penalty, court officials said.

The jury found two aggravating factors, according to Maricopa County Superior Court officials.

Police Chief Debora Black issued the following statement in the wake of the first-degree murder verdict:

"Seven years, five months and nine days ago Glendale Police Officer Tony Holly was killed in the line of duty. Today, a jury has confirmed that Brian Wayne Hulsey is guilty of murdering Tony as well as the attempted murder of Officer David Goitia.

"While the decision today cannot relieve the pain of losing Tony, we are hopeful that it provides some comfort for his family, our department and our community. We continue to remain steadfast in our assertion that justice for Tony and his family will prevail as we enter the penalty phase of the trial."

Hulsey was a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over for speeding and not having a license plate.

Holly was there to serve as backup to another officer who made the stop.

Hulsey's attorneys have denied he killed Holly and instead suggested that Holly was unintentionally shot by the officer who pulled over the vehicle.

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