On September 2nd, 2003 Sarah Johnson of Bellvue, Idaho brutally murdered her parents in their home. The apparent motive. The parents Diane and Allan had an issue with 16 year old Sarah dating her 19 year old boyfriend Bruno Santos.
Sarah walked into her parents bedroom at about 6:30 in the morning with a winchester rifle which she stole from the guest house out back (the tenant was away). She then shot her mother in the head while she was sleeping. Than her father came out of the shower in the bedroom and then she shot him.
She wore a bathrobe, shower cap, and gloves when she committed the murders. She threw the robe and gloves in the garbage can outside after flushing the shower cap down the toilet. Then went over to a neighbours house claiming that an intruder broke in and killed her parents while she was sleeping. The problem with her stories to detectives is they were different every time.
A big motive investigators believed was that her parents did not want her to date her boyfriend Bruno Santos. Santos was 19 and Sarah was 16 and her parents thought of Santos as a loser. Allan even threatened to call the police on Santos for having sex with an underage girl. Which would of led to his deportation as he was in the US illegally.
Bruno Santos: Bruno was an illegal alien living in the US from Mexico. He was first thought to be involved in the murder but was later proven to have nothing to do with it. Bruno was a high school dropout and drug dealer who lived in a poor neighbourhood. He lived with his mother, sister, and brother in law. After the murders Santos was convicted of drug crimes. Santos sold half a pound of crystal meth to an undercover cop.
Arrest: The police found in the garbage can outside the Johnson home the bathrobe and latex gloves that Sarah had used to commit the murders on her parents. When Sarah's DNA came back inside the latex glove police arrested her. She was arrested on October 30th, 2003. Sarah also had DNA from blood splatter belonging to her mother on her socks she wore the morning of the murder.
Sentencing: Sentenced to two life sentences plus 10 years without the possibility of parole on June 30th, 2005.
In court Sarah's brother Matt testified about there was constant bickering between Sarah and Diane.
In December of 2010 Sarah Johnson requested a new trial. Her request was denied.