Felon who killed cop to avoid jail gets life plus 80 years
By Jennifer Cruz
Roberto Miramontes Roman killed a sheriff’s deputy moments after selling methamphetamine to the officer’s brother. (Photo: The Salt Lake Tribune)
A man who murdered a Millard County sheriff’s deputy more than seven years ago in an attempt to avoid going to jail will now spend the remainder of his life behind bars, U.S. District Chief Judge David Nuffer announced Thursday morning in a Salt Lake City courtroom.
Roberto Miramontes Roman, 44, was in the United States illegally when he shot and killed Millard County Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox during a traffic stop on a rural road January 5, 2010. Roman had previously been deported from the U.S. following a felony drug conviction.
Fox, who was the first female officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Utah, stopped Roman on suspicion of drug trafficking following the sale of methamphetamine. Fox was shot twice with an AK-47-type rifle as she approached Roman’s vehicle.
Ironically, it was Fox’s brother, Ryan Greathouse, who was accused of buying the drugs from Roman, and Greathouse was with Roman at the time of the shooting. Roman maintained that Greathouse was the one who killed his sister, not him, but Greathouse never had a chance to dispute