SANTA ANA, Calif. – An Orange County jury has recommended the death penalty for a white supremacist gangster who asked to get on death row because he believes its prison amenities are better.
Prosecutors said jurors Thursday recommended death for Billy Joe Johnson in Superior Court in Santa Ana.
Johnson was convicted earlier this month for the murder of Scott Miller. Prosecutors say Johnson took Miller to an alley where two other men shot him for divulging gang secrets during a TV interview.
Johnson is serving a 45-year-to-life sentence. To try to convince the jury that he deserved death, Johnson testified he's killed two other people. His attorney said the 46-year-old figures that by the time his appeals run out, he'll be 65 or 70 years old and won't want to live anyway.