Carlos Romero Ochoa

On March 11, 1947, two United States Immigration Service officers were patrolling the Mexican border region in the Mojave Desert near Indio, California, when they stopped a vehicle driven by Carlos Ochoa and carrying three Mexican nationals. The three Mexicans were transferred to the officers’ vehicle and Ochoa was directed to drive his car, with the officers following, to Indio.

As the two vehicles traveled, Ochoa feigned car problems and pulled over. When the officers came to his aid, he pulled a gun and shot and killed Officer Anthony Oneto and wounded Officer John Foquette.

Ochoa was on probation for human smuggling at the time of the murder.

At trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Ochoa admitted committing the murder and claimed insanity. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

Visalia Times, May 21, 1947

Ochoa’s conviction was affirmed on appeal and he was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison on December 10, 1948.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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