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Delich sentenced for murder of TPD officer; makes bizarre claim in court

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Nick Delich (File) Nick Delich (File)
Nohemy Hite, Officer Hite's widow, says she hopes Delich will find peace and spiritual help from God. Nohemy Hite, Officer Hite's widow, says she hopes Delich will find peace and spiritual help from God.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A convicted cop killer will more than likely die in either the state mental hospital or prison.

On Monday inside a Tucson court room Nick Delich was sentenced to 91 years in the state mental hospital followed by an even longer sentence behind bars.

Pima County prosecutors say David "Nick" Delich has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. If doctors find Delich is no longer seriously mentally ill, he'll be transferred to a state prison to start serving a life term with possibility of parole in 25 years.

In February, the 29-year-old pleaded guilty but insane to first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He also pleaded guilty except insane to discharging a firearm at a residential structure and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Delich was convicted of fatally shooting 43-year-old Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite after leading police on a 20-mile chase through Tucson on June 1, 2008. But before he was sentenced today he made a bizarre claim in court, "I'm able to raise the dead and if, I don't know, if only could do that for this family I would do that."

An eery silence fell over the courtroom Delich used his one and only opportunity to speak before his sentencing saying he would raise his victim, Officer Hite from the dead if he knew where he was.

Following his sentencing, Hite's widow, Nohemy, said she agrees with his punishment, "I'm happy that he's going to be put away so that no one can suffer this."

But Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor was hoping for a harsher sentence, "I think that justice should have equal payment for what was done." A reporter asked, "so the death penalty then?" Villasenor answered, "that's what we were hoping for."

Hite's widow says she hopes Delich will find the help he obviously needs, "I just feel really bad for him. He probably is that sick that he needs help, not just medical help but spiritual help that will give him peace to live for the rest of his life."

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