Accused Cop Killer Applies For 'Youthful Offender' Status To Avoid Death Penalty

Attorneys for 20-year-old Marco Perez want youthful offender status for the murderer of Mobile Officer Sean Tuder.

Mobile, AL – A cop killer facing the death penalty for the murder of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder has applied for "youthful offender" status.

Marco Perez was 19 on Jan. 20 when he allegedly shot Officer Tuder three times as the officer was attempting to take him into custody at the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile.

Perez was wanted by the Mobile police and federal authorities on multiple charges when Officer Tuder attempted to apprehend him, according to WALA.

The 19 year old also had a lengthy criminal history that included being a suspect in 18 car break-ins and a warrant on federal gun charges.

Officer Tuder should have been off-duty the day that he was murdered, but he had requested permission to follow up on a confidential tip that Perez was at the Peach Place Inn, according to the Birmingham News.

Police had most recently been looking for Perez after linking him to at least three stolen cars and one home burglary in January.

Officer Tuder was in undercover clothing and in an unmarked vehicle when he arrived at the Peach Place Inn.

The officer and Perez engaged in an altercation within seconds of the officer’s arrival, and that’s when Perez drew a weapon and shot Officer Tuder multiple times, according to police.

Perez was taken to court and charged with capital murder while wearing handcuffs engraved with the fallen officer’s name.

The district attorney’s office filed court documents on Oct. 29 to seek the death penalty against Perez, WALA reported.

In response, attorneys for Perez filed for youthful offender status for their client, who is now 20 years old.

Alabama allows defendants under 21 to seek youthful offender status in order to get a reduced sentence, according to HG.org.

The youthful offender program is focused on rehabilitation rather than incarceration, and is supposed to help younger defendants avoid the consequences and stigma of their actions.

Even if the person is found guilty, the conviction won’t appear on a youthful offender’s record, according to HG.org.

And those who are convicted as youthful offenders may still carry firearms and vote.

Police said Perez was part of a ring of criminals who sold stolen guns, and he was running from the authorities when he killed Officer, according to WKRG.

He was using a stolen gun when he fatally shot Officer Tuder, according to police.

Perez entered a guilty plea on the federal gun charge of having a stolen firearm in July and was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison, according to WALA.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Priors and the latest:

Six counts of BURGLARY + one attempted.

Three counts of UNLAWFUL BREAKING AND ENTERING + NO DL + NO INSURANCE

CAPITOL MURDER, FALSE POLICE REPORT...

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flybynight
flybynight

Can't we give him just one more chance?/sarc

floridacop
floridacop

This is bullshit. You play big boy games you get big boy prizes. This officer was a city officer in the county I worked at

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

This isn’t about a pound of weed or stolen goods. The line was crossed and is invisible on the horizon behind him. Make an example - make it clearly - make it count. He lived for a lot of nothing - now he should die for every bit of it.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

His crimes should not be eligible for that program. At 19, he is already a career criminal who committed capital murder.

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tkshields
tkshields

over the age of 18 adult

NFPD103
NFPD103

Sadly this is more legal gamesmanship by the defense attorneys, in an attempt to put pressure on prosecutors to drop the death penalty in this case. without knowing the strength of the case of the prosecution one would hope they can overcome this maneuver by the defense and have this POS charged as an adult. I would want to look into having the federal government should look into charging this POS for the murder as well if at all possible.

Seymore2
Seymore2

That person made the decision to go out and commit a crime. And yes this was not his first time at breaking the law. He went out with a gun and shot a highly trained police officer. Perpetrating murder will be a very long sentence in prison. But to go out and make the decision to and kill the police officer. No, that person just got a ticket to death row, he just to figure out what wants for his last meal.

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

You'd think there would be a cut-off on the seriousness of the charges against somebody applying for Y/O - say crime against property v. crime against persons, something like that. Dumb.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

He's about as rehabital as pig/ cow slop in the pit...only good once it's spread out in the field !

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

"Alabama allows defendants under 21 to seek youthful offender status in order to get a reduced sentence, according to HG.org." Well........let him die slowly then. Love the part where it said charges wouldn't appear on any records and he would be allowed to carry a gun.... what a country. He needs to go bye bye..... Great job Mom/Dad. Button busting pride I'm sure..

EMarie
EMarie

F that 21 and under Alabama...many of our troops on the Battlefield are 18 when they enlist to fight for our freedom. They are grown men and women who fight against these murderers who kill our Finest.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Rehabilitation is not for murderers like this. Hope he gets the death sentence and its carried out quickly.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Strap him in the chair and let him ride the lightning bolt! One can apply for anything. Will a judge even consider that? Most likely not!

SmalltownRoger
SmalltownRoger

He looks real purty.

Those boys in the big house sure will like him.

But honestly they ought to give this guy the slow cooker fry treatment.

At least Alabama actually decided to execute folks unlike my own state where that Wesley Cook fellow still sits there and laughs at the people that support him.

What I find amazing is they actually gave that creep his own radio show. I am very pleased that the warden finally decided to cut that crap off.

It is because of people like Wesley Cook that I have strongly favored the death penalty for murderers like these guys.

Finally, I used to carry a very wide tip strong black marker. Every time I saw that sickening phrase "free mumia," I would add to it "with every Blue Plate special.".

Patriot63
Patriot63

I don't care how old you are you kill a Law Enforcement Officer you get the death penalty and to be carried out within 6 months. That's 6 months more then he allowed the Police Officer. Taxpayers don't need to be paying millions of dollars for him to coexist for probably 60+ years. All life sentence and death row inmates should be kept in a separate prison away from general population to prevent them from committing harm to the general population inmates because they have nothing to loose.

unclebubby
unclebubby

I'd give him a reduced sentence i wouldn't use hollow points

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

In no way is this OK. This punk has a LONG criminal history and should be treated as such. He should have tried this maneuver when he was younger. He took Officer Tuders life willingly, he should give up his.

61mouse
61mouse

Alabama don't be a NY and California and Chicago

stooge819
stooge819

Rhode Island has the same law. I charged a 20 year old with 45 felonies back in 2000 and now they have to give him a shot at parole every 3 years because of his youthfulness. Didn't matter that he planned and executed numerous capital felonies and then worked hard to evade capture. Nope, his victims now have to show up every 3 years and recount their nightmares.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

These young violent criminals want to be behave this way so why not let him fry? He asked for it, he can have it. They want to be hood rats.

Lochemet
Lochemet

Are you kidding me?? Youthful Offender?? He's a seasoned criminal. And he added to his long list of criminal offenses murdering an LEO with a stolen weapon. If he gets Youthful Offender status, he can then get a gun legally and his record will not be visible. That will be real helpful when he commits the next crime, or attempts to and come up "clean" on a background check. He's a weasel and he's only looking for an easy way out of getting fried before he transfers down to....well, you know where.

pixiepup
pixiepup

This should not be on murder. No way. No reduced sentence! Why do they even have this law for criminals. 18-21, really, they know better!

Farmer
Farmer

At his tender, youthful age, he'll quickly be recruited for the D block football team as a tight end. If he plays well, he should move up to wide receiver soon.

WaitaSecond
WaitaSecond

Self defense. The officer showed up in street clothes with a weapon, ALONE. Sounds like he had a death wish.

"Officer Tuder should have been off-duty the day that he was murdered, but he had requested permission to follow up on a confidential tip..

The officer and Perez engaged in an altercation within seconds of the officer’s arrival, and that’s when Perez drew a weapon and shot Officer Tuder multiple times"

investigator
investigator

Just hang him.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

When will enough be enough???

Really youthful offender???

I think this POS burned that bridge a long time ago!

Kill him!

ikaika
ikaika

That's a crappy law. Many states are able to try 15 and 16-year-olds as adults for extremely serious crimes. Some as low as 14. Allowing this little shithead to get away as a "youthful offender," especially with his career criminal history, is insane.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Oh hell to the no!! Maybe if he had only had a minor brush with the law and was currently arrested for a non-violent crime, but this piece of shit punk is already a seasoned criminal and murdered a police officer!!! FRY HIS ASS!!!

beglove
beglove

Everybody needs to watch Netflix Movie "American Son" It will change your attitude on all this!

dondamit
dondamit

He was old enough to shoot Officer Tuder then he should be old enough to pull his time

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

'Youthful offender'. Dude, you didn't get hauled into court for tagging a wall or joyriding in your mom's minivan. You purposefully murdered a police officer. You want to be Billy Badass on the streets, then you get Billy Badass sentencing.

Kevcali
Kevcali

There's such a thing as incorrigible, too, I hope. This POS signed his own ticket long ago. Shoot him three times and let him bleed out

Wish505
Wish505

This is BS hold him as an adult and hold him accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The smiling shit face is over the age of 18 he is an adult.

beemer867
beemer867

This Youthful Offender bullshit should be taken off the table on a murder charge of a police officer, he had a gun and as it was, he used it, not once, but three times, so he had every intention of murdering the police officer!! If not the death penalty, definitely a life sentence with no chance of parole!! He has to be made aware he is responsible for his action, age notwithstanding!!

ElleD
ElleD

"is supposed to help younger defendants avoid the consequences and stigma of their actions." Oh Please! That is what is wrong now is people are being able to avoid the consequences and some judges are lining their pockets by letting them. I sure hope he gets in front of one that won't let that happen.

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

Youthful offender status granted, death by time your 45...... then you'll be an old man.......

Unicorn mom
Unicorn mom

CAPITOL MURDER!!!! This was a respected officer, who left behind a wife and children. Who's brothers I see cry missing him. Capitol murder, life no parole!! That's what he deserves!

reibertpa
reibertpa

If you're "man" enough to commit crimes and shoot a police officer, you're old enough to take whatever punishment a jury of your peers gives you. One less POS in the world sounds wonderful to me.