Thursday, February 25, 2010

Burton Gets 100 Years In Prison For Shooting Two Milwaukee Police Officers

Julius C. Burton sentenced to 100 years in prison and 20 years extended supervision

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 25, 2010

Milwaukee -On Thursday, Julius C. Burton, 19, was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Patricia McMahon to 100 years in a state prison and 20 years of supervision for two counts of attempted intentional homicide, for shooting two Milwaukee police officers on June 9th. McMahon told Burton, she wanted to make sure he wouldn't returned to the community and gave him an extra 30 years, than what the prosecutor expected Burton would get. Burton got 50 years in prison on count 1 for attempted 1st-degree intentional homicide and 10 years extended supervision, and 50 years in prison on count 2 for attempted 1st-degree intentional homicide and 10 years of extended supervision, in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Both sentences are to be serve consecutively, but Burton will actually be confined for 40 years on each count, totaling 80 years. Burton's medical records were sealed and ordered not to be released without a court order.
More than 100 police officers, including Police Chief Edward Flynn were present at Burton's sentencing. Burton's victims (both officers) were also at the sentencing and expressed compassion for the defendant.
Burton's family members were expecting a lighter sentenced, but were disappointed with the life sentenced.
Last Summer, two police officers were shot multiple times by Burton on Milwaukee’s Walker Point area. Burton was stopped for driving his bicycle on the side walk, a city ordinance violation and for suspicious behavior in the 900 block of S. 2nd St., according to both Officers Bryan Norberg, 21, and Graham Kunisch, 26. Officer Norberg was shot in the face and the bullet shattered part of his jaw and lost several teeth. Officer Kunisch was shot in the left side of the face, the impact of the bullet blew part of his face apart and lost his left eye. Both officers survived and probably won't return to work due to the injuries.
Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn initiated a suspicious looking behavior policy in the department for officers to stop and question people in a neighborhood without probable cause. In this particular case, both Norberg and Kunisch were unable to draw their weapons when they were confronted by Burton.
Burton at the time of the shooting was taking medication for schizophrenia, according to relatives. He was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
Jacob D. Collins, 22, was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison, in federal court for selling a Taurus .40 caliber hand gun to Burton for $40. Collins admitted to federal authorities he bought the gun for Burton at Badger Guns shop in West Milwaukee.
Officer Norberg had been working in the department for six months and Kunisch lost an eye in the shooting.
In April 2009 another officer was shot, Officer Vidal Colón, 30, a seven-year veteran in the police department was responding to a domestic dispute call in the 1200 block of S. 36th St. when he got into a shooting match with Louis Manuel Domenech, 25. Officer Colón was shot three times and survived the shooting. Domenech is expected to go on trial in March.
On January 26, 2008, Lodewikus "Vic" Milford a Miller Brewing Co. executive was shot to death by Miguel A. Ayala, 21, during an armed robbery in the same block where Officers Norberg and Kunisch were shot. Ayala, Carlos Gonzalez, 17, were convicted of the homicide and Irene Rodriguez, then 17 was previously charged as an adult, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Ayala was sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison, but filed for an appeal on Oct. 15, 2009. Gonzalez was sentenced to 21 years in prison, and Rodriguez was given probation.
On November 6, 2007, Officers Alejandro J. Arce, 26, and Jose Angel Lopez III, 31, were shot multiple times at the 1300 block of S. Greenfield Ave. by Victor Veloz, 16. Veloz was convicted and is serving 60 years in prison.

The following criminal complaints were posted on JSonline (PDF):

Burton's criminal complaint

Demenech's criminal complaint

Ayala's criminal complaint

Officers testify in first initial hearing how they were shot, WISN news Youtube clip:

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