Former Air Force sergeant to change plea in officer’s murder

A former US Air Force sergeant plans to change his plea to not guilty in the fatal shooting of a federal security officer in Northern California during protests against police brutality

SAN FRANCISCO — A former U.S. Air Force sergeant is considering changing his plea to not guilty in the fatal shooting of a federal security guard in Northern California during 2020 protests against police brutality, it has been shown court filings filed Monday.

Steven Carrillo, 33, pleaded not guilty in July 2020 to the murder of David Patrick Underwood, who was shot on May 29, 2020, while standing in a guard shack outside a federal building in Oakland.

Court records showed Carrillo, of Santa Cruz, was set to amend his plea on Friday in federal court in San Francisco. His attorney, James Thomson, did not immediately return an Associated Press email Monday seeking comment.

On January 31, federal prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Carrillo had ties to the “boogaloo” movement, a concept embraced by a loose network of gun enthusiasts and militia-type extremists. The group started out in alt-right culture on the internet with the belief that there was an impending civil war, experts say.

Authorities charged Carrillo with killing Underwood from a white van after developing a conspiracy with Robert Alvin Justus Jr., of Millbrae. The couple are accused of driving in Oakland and taking advantage of the distraction provided by protesters marching through the city’s downtown area. Justus drove the van, authorities said.

A week after the shooting in Oakland, Carrillo allegedly ambushed Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies who were responding to a report of a van containing guns and bomb-making materials. sergeant. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was killed and several other law enforcement officials were injured, according to authorities and court records.

Santa Cruz prosecutors charged Carrillo with a series of crimes, including murder and attempted murder in connection with that murder.

Carrillo has pleaded not guilty to Gutzwiller’s murder.

ABC News

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