A deranged Hillary Clinton voter who shot and killed a woman while she was holding her child during a dispute over the 2016 election has just been sentenced for his crime.
John Kevin McVoy Jr., 40, has been hit with the maximum punishment of 35 years to life in prison for the murder of his bandmate’s wife, Fox News reported Wednesday.
The senseless shooting occurred days before former President Donald Trump’s inauguration, as liberals across the country were struggling to internalize Clinton’s historic upset defeat, during band practice at the Long Beach, California home of the defendant’s friend, Victor Garcia, in January 2017.
When Garcia teased McVoy about voting for Clinton and told him to “get the f*** out of my house,” the defendant flew into a rage and fired a shot at Garcia in the head, seriously injuring him.
As another bandmate tried to disarm McVoy, he fired a second shot at Garcia’s wife, Susan, who was carrying her 2-year-old child. Susan died. Her child wasn’t hurt, but her husband went into a coma and is disabled despite receiving two brain surgeries.
“My son not only lost his mother, but also part of his father,” Victor Garcia said in court, according to the Daily Mail.
McVoy’s lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defense and believed that Victor Garcia was about to attack him with a knife that was actually a can opener.
But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Laesekce wasn’t persuaded. “There’s no reason to be pointing a gun,” she said, as the Daily Mail reported. “Mr. Garcia should not bear the weight of this crime.”
In November, McVoy was convicted of murder and acquitted of two attempted murder charges and a child endangerment charge, according to the Daily Mail. He has now been sentenced to 15 years to life for the murder, plus a 20-year enhancement for using a gun.
McVoy also has to pay thousands of dollars in restitution. According to Fox, he says he regrets his actions “every day.”
Political divisions have deepened dramatically since President Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 election prompted a furious backlash that never really subsided. The growing chasm between liberals and conservatives has brought with it a rise in political violence and talk in some corners of a “national divorce.”
One poll found that majorities of voters for both Trump and President Joe Biden believed the country would suffer “lasting harm” if their candidate lost the presidential election.