A man who fired an AR-15 rifle from inside his family’s home, gunning down two Palm Springs police officers who had responded to a domestic-disturbance call at the residence, was sentenced to death Friday.

John Hernandez Felix, 29, was convicted May 20 of murder and other charges for the killings of veteran Officer Jose Gilbert “Gil” Vega, 63, and rookie Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27.

The officers were killed Oct. 8, 2016, as they stood outside the Felix family home in the 2700 block of Cypress Avenue in Palm Springs.

A jury in May recommended the death penalty for Felix after less than two hours of deliberation, and Friday Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony Villalobos took the jury’s recommendation.

“Your callous actions and disregard for human life has ruin many lives, including the lives of your family and yourself,” Villalobos said, addressing Felix, after handing down the sentence. “I do not understand what happened to you that day or why you reacted as you did. This has been something that has been troubling me for a very long time, since I received this case.”

John Dolan, representing Felix in place of attorney Jacob Devane, who was unable to attend the sentencing due to another trial, said Felix’s sentence would be appealed.

Before the sentence was given, family members of both Zerebny’s and Vega’s families were given the opportunity to address Felix and the court.

Nickole Rubio, Vega’s goddaughter, reflected on where she said the officers’ deaths caused the most harm — on their loved ones.

“Throughout this journey I have begun to realize its not about the department. It’s not about the city. And its not about extended family,” Rubio said. “It’s about the children who lost their dad. The grandchildren who lost their grandpa. The siblings who lost their brother. The child who lost her mother. The husband who lost his wife. The parents who lost their daughter and the siblings who lost their sister. This is about them.”

Other family members talked about their anger with the convicted killer.

“When a dog bites a child, it gets put down,” Britta Kling, Zerebny’s sister, said. “Why should it be any different for this rabid animal who took my sister?”

Kling said she hoped Felix would suffer for her sister’s death.

“I hope he suffers when his parents die off and he’s on the inside,” Kling said. “Karma is a b****, and she has the Felix family written all over her to-do list.”

Dan and Marge Zerebny, Lesly Zerebny’s grandparents-in-law, speaking in a statement read by Deputy District Attorney Manny Bustamante, reflected on what Lesly’s death means for her daughter Cora.

“Due to your cowardly act on Oct. 8, 2016 our precious little Cora does not have her mother to play with her, care for her, read to her, sing to her or kiss her good night,” Dan and Marge Zerebny said. “May you spend your remaining days months and years while you are incarcerated thinking about the pain and suffering you have caused our family, the Kling family, the Vega family and so many other people who have been touched by Gil and Lesly.”

David Kling, Lesly Zerebny’s father, first looked at Felix from the stand before delivering his comments.

“That’s what I thought he was gonna do,” David Kling said as Felix looked away.

David Kling thanked the judge and the prosecutors for their efforts during Felix’s trial, and described the relief he felt when the jury convicted Felix of murder.

“What we’re talking about is justice, and that’s what was missing from my life, our lives, our entire families, the Vegas, the Zerebnys all of us, for two years,” David Kling said. “He was sitting there innocent until proven guilty, and that wore on me and tore me up and caused a lot of anger and a lot of problems with me because obviously he was guilty. And when the jury sat over there and they went out to deliberate and came back and deliver the verdict to you, it was one of the happiest days of my life.”

In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, Felix also was convicted of six counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of an assault weapon, unlawful weapon possession by a prohibited person and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Jurors also found true special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer and multiple murders, opening Felix to the death sentence. Had he not received the death penalty, Felix still would have received a sentence of 368 years to life in state prison.

Vega was killed just months before he was set to retire after three decades of service. Zerebny had been with the department for 18 months and had just returned to duty following maternity leave, having given birth to a daughter, Cora, four months earlier.

Vega and Zerebny were the first Palm Springs police officers killed in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 1962, when Officer Lyle Wayne Larrabee died during a vehicle pursuit. The only other death in the department was that of Officer Gale Gene Eldridge, who was fatally shot on Jan. 18, 1961, while investigating an armed robbery.

Villalobos ordered Felix remanded to the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff, and he will be sent to San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, where all death row prisoners are held in California.

Though he has been sentenced to death, it’s unlikely Felix will be executed anytime soon — Gov. Gavin Newsom put a moratorium on capital punishment earlier this year, and prior to that, California has not executed a prisoner since 2006.

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