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Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel on Friday imposed the (death) sentence recommended by the jury that convicted 29-year old Skylar Deleon of killing Tom and Jackie Hawks of Prescott, Ariz.
Prosecutors say the Long Beach man and a teen actor in a "Power Rangers" TV series feigned interest in buying the couple's yacht and killed them during a test cruise in 2004.
Deleon overpowered them on a test cruise, tied them to an anchor and tossed them into the Pacific Ocean as they begged for their lives, according to the prosecution.
Skylar Deleon and Machain are accused of staking out the boat and the victims on November 6th. Jennifer Deleon is accused of gaining the trust of the Hawks by bringing her 9-month old baby to meet the Hawks on November 9th.
On November 15th, Skylar Deleon, Machain, and Kennedy are accused of taking the boat out of the harbor, overpowering the Hawks, forcing them to sign the transfer of title documents, handcuffing and tying them to the anchor, and drowning them.
Skylar and Jennifer are accused of communicating frequently by cell phone while the boat was out.
Skylar and Jennifer Deleon are accused of cleaning the boat with bleach and destroying evidence and personal items belonging to the Hawks.
The Deleons are accused of getting papers signed by the Hawks notarized with backdates.
The Deleons are accused of trying to take money out of the Hawks bank account in Arizona and placing it in a bank account in Mexico.
The Deleons and Machain are accused of trying to create evidence the Hawks were moving to Mexico after they were murdered.
On January 16, 2005, Skylar Deleon was arrested while he was trying to leave for Mexico and Jennifer Deleon was arrested on April 8, 2005.
During the preliminary examination held in 2005, defendant Jennifer
Deleon laughed during the hearing while the grieving Hawks family watched.
Originally posted by silo13
This walking abomination and his wife should (IMO) both receive death (he has, she has not).
I don’t even believe he should be eligible for appeal but again, that's just me.
I don't believe in the death penalty because I don't trust many who work in our justice system and because of their flaws it is flawed. Though I wouldn't have a problem looking the other way if family members of those killed were to take revenge. I just don't like the idea of government sanctioned murder.
"The son of a convicted drug dealer, Deleon began acting in bit parts in commercials as a child. At age 14, he appeared in the series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the episode titled "Second Chance" in a supporting role of a boy named Roger who didn't make the soccer team at first but does at the end of the episode, which aired May 4, 1994."