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Alleged I.E. cop killer charged with murder

November 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Prosecutors in Riverside announced on Monday that the man accused of shooting and killing Officer Ryan Bonaminio has been charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer, among other charges.Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said the charges against Earl Ellis Green allows prosecutors to seek either life without parole in state prison or the death penalty. The decision of whether to seek the death penalty will be made in the next two weeks, Pacheco said.

Greem is also charged with vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

"He assassinated my son," said Bonaminio's father, Joe. "He does not deserve to be breathing the same air you and I are breathing right now."

Green, a 44-year-old man from Rubidoux, was arrested at a Target parking lot in Riverside Tuesday night in connection to Bonaminio's death.

Bonaminio, 27, had pulled over a stolen big rig on Nov. 7 that was driven by Green, according to police. He allegedly jumped out of the cab and ran down a dark path into Fairmount Park.

According to authorities, Bonaminio chased after Green, who ambushed him. The officer was shot, possibly by his own .40-caliber pistol. His weapon was found days later during a search.

Police said they realized Green was their suspect when they found a fingerprint that matched his inside the cab of the stolen truck.

Green has a long criminal history dating back to 1990. He had served time for vandalism, vehicle theft, battery on a police officer and receiving stolen property.

Pacheco said it's proof that the justice system failed.

"He was assassinated by this dirt bag in the dark of night, and that system failed, and that system needs to be reformed," Pacheco said. "He should not have been getting good time credits in state prison. I'm sorry about being candid, but our blood is up a little on this."

Bonaminio was born and raised in Riverside and was also a U.S. Army veteran. He had served two tours, one in Germany and the other in Iraq.

"I just want justice for my son. That's all my wife wants, my daughter wants, my other son wants," Joe Bonaminio said. "I don't particularly care for the idea of him spending 40 years in a cell, but that is the system and the system we have to live with and we have to accept it."

A funeral service for Bonaminio is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grove Community Church at 19900 Grove Community Dr. in Riverside. He will be laid to rest that afternoon at Riverside National Cemetery at 22495 Van Buren Blvd.

ABC7 will carry the funeral service for Officer Bonaminio on our digital channel 7.2 and we'll stream it live on abc7.com. Digital channel 7.2 is available over the air and can also be found on many local cable systems. To see where it is available in your area, click here.


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