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Man convicted of killing wife and trying to kill police at a Glendale cemetery sentenced to 227 years

September 11, 2010 |  7:45 am

A 39-year-old man convicted of killing his wife and trying to kill four Glendale police officers during a shootout at Forest Lawn Memorial Park was sentenced to serve 227 years to life in prison.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John Fisher on Thursday denied issuing probation to Rene Munoz, who in May was convicted of killing Kelly Collins-McCowen, 37, outside a Los Angeles bowling alley on April 3, 2008.

He also refused his attorney's motion for a new trial.

Immediately after being sentenced, Munoz requested to speak.

"It wasn't a fair trial," he said. "There was not substantial evidence."

Fisher quickly ordered him to be jailed, but Munoz continued to speak loudly.

"I had a bullet in my head when they shot me," he said.

A sheriff's deputy began hauling a handcuffed Munoz off, even as he spoke to Collins-McCowen's mother.

"I didn't do it," he told her.

A woman with Collins-McCowen's mother yelled at Munoz, urging him not to speak to her. As she began exiting the courtroom, she exchanged words with Munoz's family.

Collins-McCowen's mother declined to make a statement in court about the case.

Read the full Glendale News-Press story here.

-- Veronica Rocha

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