Archive for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mexican national sentenced to 21 months in prison for illegally re-entering country after fatal DUI case

April 24, 2012


A 30-year-old Mexican national was sentenced Tuesday to serve 21 months in federal prison for illegally re-entering the country after killing a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash, federal prosecutors said.

Adan Cruz-Santos pleaded guilty in February to illegally re-entering the country as a convicted felon after he was arrested in 2011 and convicted of his third DUI in Douglas County.

Cruz-Santos was deported in February 2010 after serving prison time for voluntary manslaughter and DUI. He struck and killed Jodie Hatzenbihler, a 25-year-old Olathe nurse, early on April 9, 2005, as she was crossing Sixth Street. That was his second DUI conviction.

He was arrested last September in Douglas County on suspicion of drunken driving and gave officers an alias, Alvro Altamino-Cortez, but Eve Kemple, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, compared his current mug shot with an older one to help discover he was Cruz-Santos. Immigration officials also used fingerprints to confirm his identity.

He eventually pleaded no contest to his third DUI conviction for the September traffic stop and spent 90 days in the Douglas County Jail in that case before he was transferred to federal authorities.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kan., sentenced Cruz-Santos Tuesday morning in the federal case. According to his plea agreement, he also faces presumptive mandatory deportation after serving his federal sentence.


Jeremiah Jefferson 3 years, 7 months ago

3 DUI convictions and one death. Yeah I would say 21 months is fair. No wonder people never learn. I would send this guy to Santa Matha prison in Mexico. 21 months for this guys crimes is a joke and its an even bigger joke that he gets to do his time in style here in the states.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years, 7 months ago

He keeps returning, I would guess for employment. Maybe someone else has a dog in this race.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe it's not employment he seeks, just the opportunity to live his chosen lifestyle without significant consequences. My guess is as valid as your guess.

kawrivercrow 3 years, 7 months ago

Spot on. The Southwest is rife with cases of illegal aliens killed in America (usually by law enforcement during violent crimes and resisting arrest) and then the IA's family from Mexico suing the US gov't, etc.

Armstrong 3 years, 7 months ago

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Derek Broksieck 3 years, 7 months ago

Step 1. Commit crime in US. Step 2. Get deported. Step 3. Re-enter US illegally. Step 4. Live a much more comfortable life in US prison than in home country.


somedude20 3 years, 7 months ago

I have a strong feeling that an American jail is still better than "freedom" in many parts of Mexico. For as bad as American is getting, and there are some of our own countrymen who would like to see America perish just to prove their point/get what they want, but we are still more fortunate than most. 21 months seems light and I bet ole Cruz-Santos will be sneaking back in after he is released

irvan moore 3 years, 7 months ago

that's a load of crap, citizens on their third offense sometimes get longer jail time without killing anybody, if an illegal kills somebody driving drunk on their 3rd time, seems logical they will return again after release. catch and release doesn't work, it's gonna happen again

gccs14r 3 years, 7 months ago

Since we already use private prisons to house inmates, we should hire one in Mexico for guys like this and send him there. If nothing else, it would cost less. And if his goal was to avoid the Mexican penal system, too bad.

Janet FitzGerald 3 years, 7 months ago

Let's not forget that we are citizens of one planet. Go to NM see the shanty town across the border. Look one direction from the highway (US side) and see million dollar homes, the other side (Juarez) will show third-world poverty. Is it so hard to imagine the suffering involved? If we are to truly become a global community, then borders cannot exist. Can you imagine? Many of you appear to be duped into your own hatred. Remember NAFTA?

Jeremiah Jefferson 3 years, 7 months ago

Dude you must have lost your mind. This guy has entered the country illegally three times, been convicted of DUI three times, and also killed an inocent human being. 21 months for this guy in a condo compaired to the jails in Mexico is a slap on the wrist. They might as well un-cuffed him and let him go right there in the court room. Theres no reason this guy shouldn't be doing a minimum of 5-10 years. He knew he was breaking the law and therefore he should be punished accordingly. I'm all for people coming to our country in search of a better life, but if coming in 3 times illegally, getting 3 DUI convictions and killing inocent people is how they are going to do it, then I say send em to Guantanamo Bay. If you think thats harsh, then go ask an American stuck in a Mexican prison how he is getting treated.

Julie Anderson 3 years, 7 months ago

I have said this many times....PUT UP ELECTRIC FENCES ON THE BORDER..PUT WARNING SIGNS IN SPANISH...LET THEM FRY...... I am all for people coming to America legally, but if they can't do it that away, then they need to wait until they can..

Flap Doodle 3 years, 7 months ago

When Adan is fertilizing the earth instead of encumbering it, we'll all be better off.

Dan Eyler 3 years, 7 months ago

How long will his next incarceration for illegally entering the United States of America be? Maybe we could slow the repeat process if on the second offense we bill all court costs and all incarceration costs back to to offending nation. I would have no issue if Americans are treated the same way. If those we deport for certain illegal activity with a note in there back pocket that says don't come back, their home country has an obligation to prevent them from crossing our boarder again. The revolving door of border crossings can be slowed a whole lot if we try. At that point we can have a good discussion about immigration. This isn't 1850 when my family immigrated and the basis of the discussion will reflect on where we're at today. We do want the bold and brightest to come join the American dream. .Since we can't take everybody we need to be a bit selective in the process. This issue is at the forefront of the current Presidential Elections going on in France this week. This isn't about Americans or the French hating on immigrants but a response to common sense. We need to be far more particular about those we allow to immigrate. We don't need to feel guilty about a bit of common sense.

deec 3 years, 7 months ago

The French don't hate immigrants, just Muslims and Roma. Their former colonial subjects, who are also citizens of France, aren't the right kind of citizens. Apparently the colonials preferred to stay in France after they were invited in as workers after WWII rather than returning to their impoverished former countries that had been stripped of their resources by the colonial rulers. Who'd have thunk people would rather not live in poverty?

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