Death Penalty Upheld For Former Cop Who Dumped Bodies In Golden Gate Park

A former Millbrae police officer’s conviction and death sentence for six 1983 murders were upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco today.

Anthony “Jack” Sully, 59, was convicted in San Mateo County Superior Court and given a death sentence in 1986 for the brutal shooting and beating murders of five women and one man during a six-month period in 1983.

Sully was a Millbrae police officer for eight years before he established an electrical contracting business, which he operated out of a warehouse in Burlingame.

He also invested in an escort service, used the service of prostitutes and became addicted to freebasing cocaine, according to the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The nude bodies of three of his victims were found stuffed in barrels in Golden Gate Park. Two other victims were found along roadsides in San Mateo County.

A three-judge panel of the circuit court rejected Sully’s appeal claims that his defense lawyer was ineffective and that Sully was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Sidney Thomas wrote, “At trial, the prosecution presented overwhelming physical and testimonial evidence establishing Sully as the murderer.”

Sully appealed in the federal court system through a habeas corpus petition after completing state court appeals. The California Supreme Court upheld his death penalty in 1991.

Today’s ruling brings Sully close to the end of possible appeals, but all executions in California have been put on hold as a result federal and state lawsuits challenging the state’s lethal injection procedure and the way that procedure was adopted.

Most recently, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown disclosed last month that it will now develop a new execution protocol that uses one lethal drug instead a combination of three. The development of the new protocol could take a year or more.

Brown took that action after deciding not to appeal a state appeals court ruling that concluded state officials hadn’t followed the proper steps for public review in adopting the three-drug protocol.

Julia Cheever, Bay City News

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  • Nice Suktaisong

    Absolute Scumbag…

    • Sooneridver

      You talking about Sully or Moonbeam?

  • Nice Suktaisong

    Absolute Scumbag…

    • Sooneridver

      You talking about Sully or Moonbeam?

  • Raven Lee Meadows

    he was giving me ride to work 1983 (Amelias), and his van stalled on Divis (steep hill). As he got out of van, i saw an obvious ‘shade’ come ovr his eyes, his face when he looked at me after getting a tool. i slipped out my side, and said, no worries , i will walk. it would be 2weeks til he was arrested. matter of fact, police were at his place when we came back once. he slept at my house once. said it felt safe on my couch. Fast forward: from jail, he use to write letters to my male cat, asking ‘how is ur mom’ (meaning me). it took Investigators 2yrs b4 they came to talk to me! I literally yelled at the woman, ‘WHAT TOOK U SO DAM LONG!’. She was really taken aback, i showed her all his letters, told her all i knew. showed her my halloween costume he gave me. u know what it was. his old milbrae police jacket, his holster with bullets still in it! turns out, when ever i was at his place, he thought i was an angel sent by god. this is most likely only reason i was never killed. he often said, every one who came over were dirty, greedy whores. I didnt do drugs, but yes, he was big into free basing. He just wanted someone to listen to him. about his past lives. being a ship captain in 1700’s. he saw this other life very clearly. lots of detail.

  • Raven Lee Meadows

    OMG! Hes still alive?? I cant comment on other news article i found from this year! wtf!??