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Premeditated Man who claimed to be Irish and considered fleeing here convicted of US double homicide

Bradley T Shaw received a sentence of 56 years for the double homicide of Louisa Campos (31) and Robert Dias (48) at 'transient camp'

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Bradley T Shaw received a sentence of 56 years for the double homicide of Louisa Campos (31) and Robert Dias (48)

Bradley T Shaw received a sentence of 56 years for the double homicide of Louisa Campos (31) and Robert Dias (48)

Bradley T Shaw received a sentence of 56 years for the double homicide of Louisa Campos (31) and Robert Dias (48)

A man who claimed he was Irish and was considering fleeing to Ireland in the wake of two murders in the US five years ago has been convicted of the killings of two homeless people. 

Bradley T Shaw received a sentence of 56 years for the double homicide of Louisa Campos (31) and Robert Dias (48) at what has been described as a “transient camp” in Kent, Washington in August 2016.

A jury convicted Shaw on August 5 of two counts of first-degree murder for the shootings, nearly five years after the killings and four years after his arrest.

According to court documents, evidence at the trial established that after drinking alcohol, the 35-year-old Covington man shot Campos multiple times, including in the back of the skull, in front of a group of horrified witnesses.

He left the scene and later shared a pack of beer with a friend without telling him what he had done.

Shaw then drove back to the camp in the early morning hours to “look for witnesses” and killed Dias in a similar manner to his execution of Campos, including a bullet in the back of the head.

According to court documents, Shaw confessed to the murders to a friend a year later after he expressed concerns that DNA would tie him to the crimes.

Kent Police arrested Shaw on August 12, 2017 after a previously unknown witness had called police earlier in the day to report he had received a phone call from Shaw, who told him he had committed the killings.

Shaw described details of the shootings that had not been released to the public during a phone call he made to a former military buddy.

He said he had been in a gas station and was drunk when some people there objected to him skipping the queue.

One individual had confronted Shaw and afterwards he followed that person (reportedly Campos) to where she lived.

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The next night Shaw went to the homeless camp where Campos and Shaw had a dispute. Shaw then shot Campos three times in the head and body.

Shaw told his friend he went back the next night to the camp looking for witnesses, and saw a guy there, holding a baseball bat. Shaw said he shot the man. Dias was shot in the head and the hand.

Campos and Dias were each shot with the same weapon, a .45-calibre handgun. It was the worry over that gun that apparently prompted Shaw to call his military friend. Shaw said the same weapon he used in the shootings had been taken from him by Kent Police when he was arrested for DUI on January 30, 2017.

With a court hearing on the DUI case coming up on August 17, 2017, Shaw said he was worried police would use his DNA to link him to the crime scene of the shootings as well as match the bullets from his gun with the bullets recovered from the victims.

Prior to his arrest, Shaw reportedly told one witness that he was contemplating fleeing to Ireland because that country doesn’t allow extradition, and commented to the witness that he was Irish.

Investigators examined Shaw’s mobile phone records and learned he had conducted internet searches regarding different countries and extradition, including Ireland.

Shaw claimed self-defence at his trial. But the jury, in finding Shaw guilty of first-degree murder, found that his acts were premeditated, and were not a reaction or overreaction to any perceived danger influenced by Shaw’s purported post-traumatic stress disorder, according to prosecutors.

King County Superior Court Judge Matthew Williams sentenced Shaw to 56 years behind bars, after prosecutors recommended a maximum sentence of 63 years.

“In committing these murders, the defendant selected as his victims some of society’s most vulnerable citizens, two homeless individuals who had no gates to keep intruders out, no doors to lock and little protection against an armed and trained marksman fixated on killing them,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum.

“Moreover, after killing Campos and fleeing, Shaw returned to the scene to eliminate witnesses, executing Dias. These factors strongly support a high-end sentence in this case.”

“Neither Louisa Campos nor Robert Dias deserved to be murdered in such a cold blooded manner, I am so glad that their families at least have some peace,” said Detective Matt Lorette.

“The timing of everything coming together was truly unimaginable, its days like this that makes it all worth it” said Detective Melanie Robinson.

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