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Man gets death sentence for killing cabbie

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Christopher Guy Jasso was sentenced Friday to death for robbing and killing a cab driver in 2003.The Riverside County District Attorney, Rod Pacheco, welcomed the sentence, saying it is "a deserving punishment for such a tragic and senseless murder."

Last month, a Riverside County jury convicted Jasso, 37, of first-degree murder, with a special circumstance of committing murder during a robbery and using a firearm.

In September 2003, Jasso and Fabian Perez hatched a plan to rob someone. While driving around the City of Indio, they were unable to find a victim and decided to rob a cab driver.

Jasso called a cab and he posed as a passenger when the cab arrived and got into the car.

Jasso shot the driver twice in the head and took his wallet. The men fled the scene with $80 and left the man to die. Perez is awaiting trial on the charges.

Jasso is expected to be sent to San Quentin to await execution.