Note: The letter referenced below by Keith Graves originally appeared on the website of our friends at 2A Cops, which can be found here. We proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with the crew over at 2A Cops and encourage you to check them out and do the same.
CALIFORNIA- California’s Governor Gavin Newsom is not merely signing documents, he is literally re-writing stories that have already been written. And to many, the alternate endings are not happy ones.
Newsom just moved into the governor’s mansion in January of 2019.
In less than one year in office, he has granted commutations and pardons to 45 people, nearly half of which committed violent crimes, to include multiple murders, and another nine that were granted to help the criminal in question avoid deportation.
Newsom’s leniency in freeing murderers and other violent criminals has not been without notice, nor has it always been to the excitement of everyone involved.
The family and friends of these criminal’s actions are having to live with the pain of knowing that someone took their loved ones life, or at least significantly altered it, and are now walking the streets with a certificate signed by Newsom that says ”good job in prison.”
Author’s note: I recognize the hard work put in by inmates to better their lives and rehabilitate, and I applaud those efforts. I do not, however, applaud a governor who simply signs his name to commute a 27 year sentence that breaks down like this:
“11 years for voluntary manslaughter, 4 years for multiple counts of robbery, 2 years for assault with a firearm on a peace officer with 10 years of firearms enhancements”.
Should the parole board approve his request, he could be out after only 7 years.
In that same time frame, the governor has signed bills into law making it harder for the law-abiding citizens of California to purchase guns and ammo. He has systematically made it almost impossible to adequately defend yourself in his state. And he is doing it with one hand while simultaneously pardoning violent offenders with the other.
Now, a former cop is stepping up to let Newsom know that his actions also have consequences and the governor needs to know that these are not merely documents he is signing, but stories he is re-writing the ending to.
That cop wrote a letter to Governor Newsom after learning that his friend’s murderer had applied for a commutation of his sentence.
Here is what he had to say.
My friend, John Monego, was a good man that left behind a family. California’s oppressive gun laws did not protect him.
I wrote a letter to Governor Newsom to ask that he ignore the application to commute the sentence, but a cop killer is more likely to get a pardon or commutation from Newsom than anyone else.
I’m going to open up and share my letter.
I don’t normally like to share personal stuff online, but there is some stuff that needs to be said to this guy and I know you might like to read it. I’m sure you feel the same way.
Here is his letter.
Dear Governor Newsom,
I recently learned that Inmate VASQUEZ ﬁled an application for commutation of his sentence in 2018. I am opposed to any action being taken on this case.
On the night of December 11, 1998, Inmate VASQUEZ made a conscious decision (along with his two Co Defendants SIFUENTES, CDC#T91230 and LE, CDC#T91231) to take part in the takeover robbery of the Outback Steakhouse in Dublin, CA.
Inmate VASQUEZ also chose to take the life of Alameda County Deputy Sheriﬀ John Paul Monego who was in full uniform performing his duties as a sworn law enforcement oﬃcer. On that night, Deputy Monego was acting under contract with the City of Dublin as a Dublin Police oﬃcer when he responded as a cover unit to the call at the Outback Steakhouse.
On 12/11/98 at approximately 1152 PM, Alameda County Sheriﬀ’s Deputy Angela Schwab, in full police uniform, driving a marked police car, received a radio broadcast of a 911 call from the Outback Restaurant.
As she was driving to the location, dispatch advised her that the manager of the restaurant advised dispatch that everything was ok at the restaurant.
Deputy Schwab arrived at the restaurant, parked her car and walked inside. While still in the foyer, Inmate VASQUEZ surprised her pointing his gun at her. He told her to get on the ﬂoor and give him her gun.
Inmate VASQUEZ took her gun from her as she begged for her life. Inmate LE then put a gun to her back accompanied by Inmate SIFUENTES started walking her to the back of the restaurant.
Shortly thereafter, not only did Inmate VASQUEZ wait inside of the restaurant behind the interior foyer door watching John as he approached, but as John began to enter the restaurant, Inmate VASQUEZ, without hesitation, murdered John by ﬁring a loaded stolen handgun at him.
He then followed John outside as he attempted to retreat, stood over John using both hands and ﬁred several rounds into his body.
The three inmates then ﬂed on foot leaving Deputy Monego to die. Inmate VASQUEZ wasn’t content with ambushing and just shooting him a couple of times, he willfully stood over him in a two-handed stance and executed him without giving it a second thought!!
John never even had the opportunity to unsnap his holster to retrieve his ﬁrearm in self-defense.
Inmate Vasquez must continue to be held accountable for his personal choice to execute Deputy Monego.
Due to his complete disregard for human life, lack of remorse and the heinous nature and brutality of this crime, justice demands that his sentence not be commuted to life or anything less than his original sentence.
No change in his sentencing can aﬀord Inmate Vasquez the opportunity to obtain parole status. He must remain behind bars where he can never again be given the opportunity to harm another human being.
Deputy Monego was my friend as is his wife Tammy and his son Dominic. Dom and my son have been best friends since childhood.
My son is now a Deputy Sheriff and Dom will soon be a police officer as well. I am writing this letter the day after the anniversary of Deputy Monego’s assassination.
Although it has been almost 20 years since his death, I am unable to write this without crying. I was also a police officer.
I watched Dominic grow up without his father while my son had the luxury of having me around. I try to let Dominic know what a great man his dad was, but he will never truly know his father. He was robbed of that opportunity by a vicious killer that has applied for commutation.
You have been commuting a number of sentences since you became governor. It is not without consequences. This commutation application has been re-victimizing their family by making them relive this all over again.
Your actions in this case have a large impact not only on the Monego family, but the citizens of California.
You may notice that I am writing this with a return address in Idaho. I moved here because your policies made it unsafe for me to live there. My family has been in California since the 1850’s. My Great, Great, Grandfather founded Colusa County.
I was forced to leave the state that I had loved. Your commutations have let people go on the streets who have gone on to commit further crimes.
You must remember that prison is not only for punishment and rehabilitation, but it is also to protect the public. So far, you have failed to protect the public. Please don’t do it again by releasing this murderer.
During my career, over 4100 police officers died in the line of duty in the United States. I knew 8 of them, with Deputy Monego being the one that hit the hardest.
His brutal murder should not be forgotten, and his assassin should not be allowed to be free. Not only to protect the Monego family, but California citizens as well.
Here are the names of those that Newsom has written participation trophies for since taking office in January.
Nine were to avoid deportation. 21 were violent offenders. One was for 3rd strike DUI. 14 were for drug-related offenses. More than half of these crimes also carried firearm or gang enhancements.
Jeffrey James Allen
David Paul Ingram
Joe Dick Rector
Dolores Ruth Taylor
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