A felon who ended up killing a California deputy in late December was released from jail months earlier on bail. A liberal judge dismissed a kidnapping charge against him and reduced the criminal’s bail to $500,000 instead of giving him a life sentence for a third strike.
Breitbart reported on the matter:
“William Shae McKay, 44, was eligible to be imprisoned for 25 years to life under California’s three strikes law when he faced a kidnapping charge for imprisoning a woman against her will for four days in March 2021. He had been convicted twice of violent crimes prior to this case.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, San Bernardino County Superior Court trial judge Cara D. Hutson did convict McKay in November 2021 of false imprisonment, receiving stolen property, and leading police on a high-speed chase. However, she acquitted him on the kidnapping charge. Huston also reduced the felon’s bail from $950,000 to $500,000 which he posted and walked free.
McKay was later arrested again on October 15 for suspicion of transporting narcotics and possessing ammunition as a felon. He was released again, this time on a $50,000 bond, despite already being out on bail and a third strike on an extensive criminal history.
Two months later, McKay shot and killed Riverside County deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, after he was pulled over in his truck during a traffic stop. McKay was later spotted in San Bernardino County and was pursued by over a dozen law enforcement vehicles before dying in a shootout with at least ten deputies.
Rebecca Cordero, mother of the deceased Riverside County deputy, blamed her son’s death on the Democrat judge’s decisions that allowed McKay to walk free.
The heartbroken mother stated:
“The actual cause of death: disdain, disrespect, disregard, a dysfunctional system that has unfairly been politicized.”
“Judge Cara Hutson, my family is devastated. My son was a good man. My family, Isaiah’s brothers and sisters, demand your resignation.”
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco slammed Huston for her soft-on-crime approach to this violent criminal:
“He should have been immediately sentenced to 25 years to life. We would not be here today if the judge had done her job.”
Former L.A. County prosecutor Dmitry Gorin commented that he had never seen a criminal history like McKay’s that was allowed to walk free:
“In my 30 years or so as a defense attorney and prosecutor. I have never heard of a third-strike felon awaiting sentencing getting out on bail and then being arrested while out on bail and being released again.”
Breitbart reported on McKay’s long criminal rap sheet:
“McKay’s first conviction came in 1999 when he pled guilty to a felony conviction for assault with a firearm after he led police on a 100-mile-per-hour chase, including through a construction zone, according to the Mercury News. He spent three years in state prison.”
“The second conviction came in February 2005, while still on parole from the first conviction, when he pled guilty to robbery and assault with intent to produce great bodily injury. According to reports, McKay and an accomplice attacked a couple sleeping in their home, where he choked a man and smothered a woman with a pillow before stealing $3,700 from a safe.”
“He was sentenced to 13 years in jail and was paroled in April 2016.”
“McKay’s third conviction came when he held a woman against her will from March 23 to 27, 2021. McKay duct-taped her wrists and ankles, punched her in the face several times, and made several threats against her life. The woman was able to escape the home and call the authorities.”
“Two days later, McKay and a female accomplice led California Highway Patrol on a 20-mile chase through the desert before they were surrounded. The female accomplice stabbed a police K9 before they both were arrested, the Mercury News noted. The female accomplice received three and a half years in prison.”
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