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Frazier Glenn Cross Sentenced To Death After Family Members Give Emotional Testimony

Sam Zeff
KCUR 89.3
Alissa LaManno, whose mother Terri LaManno was gunned down in front of Village Shalom in 2014, gave testimony Tuesday.

Updated, 6:05 p.m.:

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., was sentenced to death Tuesday after emotional testimony from friends and family of three victims killed in shootings at Jewish sites in Johnson County, Kansas, in April 2014.

Johnson County Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan told Cross his attempt to terrorize the community had failed and sided with a jury that recommended Cross be sentenced to death in August.

"I can't say anything more profound than what was said here today," Ryan told the courtroom.

After the sentencing, Cross yelled at Ryan and attempted to get out of his wheelchair before he was detained by deputies and removed from the courtroom.

Cross was also convicted on non-captital offenses for which he was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Updated, 5:04 p.m. with testimony from family members:

Relatives and friends of the three people killed at Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas, in April, 2014 gave victim impact statements Tuesday.

In an two-and-a-half hour emotional display, 13 individuals gave gut-wrenching testimony to convicted shooter Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., as he awaited sentencing from Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan.

This summer, a jury convicted Miller of killing William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno, and recommended Cross be sentenced to death for the crimes.

"What do you say to the man who shot your mom in cold blood and let her die alone in a parking lot?" Alissa LaManno, daughter of Terri LaManno asked. "What do you say to the man who left children without a mother?"

Terri's sister, Mary Beth Euston, also addressed Cross.

"I sense that there is humanity in you," she said. "I'm convinced Terri would forgive you. So I will."

William Corporon's son, Tony, told Cross he hopes he finds peace, but urged Ryan to affirm the jury's sentence.

"This is the type of case that deserves a death sentence," he said.

Even though Cross admitted to murdering three people and said that his mission in life was to kill Jews, he still pled for his life.

"I'm asking you to not give me the death penalty," he said to Ryan.

Cross is expected to be sentenced after the victim impact statements are finished. 

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Sentencing for Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., the man convicted for killing three people at Jewish sites in Johnson County is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

In August, a jury recommended Cross be put to death for the April, 2014 shooting deaths of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno.

Cross entered the courtroom for sentencing in jail issued clothing, a stark difference from the suit and tie he wore throughout his trial.

He asked for his handcuffs to be removed. During the preliminaries he requested a new trial. The request was denied.

In similar fashion to his trail, Cross had multiple outbursts.

"You work for Jews," he said to Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan. "I hate Jews. I want to kill Jews."

Ryan warned Cross that if he continued with the outbursts he would be removed from the courtroom at made to watch the sentencing on video.

Ryan called for a 20 minute break at 11:15. Sentencing is expected to take place Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.  The court is expecting to hear 13 victim impact statements prior to sentencing.

This post will be updated.

A California native, Briana comes to KCUR by way of KMUW in Wichita, Kan. and KUSP in Santa Cruz, Calif.
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