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Man previously convicted of fatal crash in Lawrence faces more prison time, deportation

February 3, 2012

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A Mexican national who killed a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash pleaded guilty Friday morning to a federal charge of illegally re-entering the country as convicted felon.

Adan Cruz-Santos, 29, entered the plea in front of U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, according to court records. Originally, his trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

He was deported in February 2010 after serving prison time for involuntary manslaughter and DUI convictions. He struck and killed Jodie Hatzenbihler, a 25-year-old Olathe nurse, early in the morning of April 9, 2005, as she was crossing Sixth Street after leaving the bar Cadillac Ranch. That was his second DUI conviction.

Cruz-Santos was arrested last September again in Douglas County on suspicion of drunken driving. He gave officers an alias, Alvaro Altamino-Cortez. But prosecutors discovered he was Cruz-Santos after Eve Kemple, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, compared his current mug shot to an older one. An immigration official also interviewed him, according to his federal plea agreement. He eventually pleaded no contest to his third DUI conviction for the September traffic stop, which is a felony.

He was transferred to federal custody in December after he was sentenced in Douglas County for the most recent DUI conviction.

In his federal case, Cruz-Santos faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison plus deportation again, according to the plea agreement.

Comments

matahari 3 years, 1 month ago

He struck and killed Jodie Hatzenbihler, a 25-year-old Olathe nurse, early in the morning April 9, 2005, as she was crossing Sixth Street after leaving the bar Cadillac Ranch.

Gee, I wonder if she was headed towards her car to drive to Olathe after leaving the bar...

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

How long after deportation until he returns?

BlackVelvet 3 years, 1 month ago

You mean, how long after deportation until he returns.......again!

He was deported after serving time for hitting and killing the pedestrian. Got deported and then came back.

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 1 month ago

All you open border fans take note here. If you're here illegally, you have no "buy-in" to any of our laws, and if you victimize others along the way, oh well.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

I suggest standing the miscreant on the northern shore of the Rio Grande and putting a bullet in his head. That'll end his criminal career.

Jake Angermeier 3 years, 1 month ago

matahari, your comment was thoughtless and rude. A friend of my sister's gets murdered by a drunk driver & you have the gall to ask if she was drunk & going to drive!?!! Please have some respect as family/friends do read these posts...

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