An illegal immigrant who killed two public servants with his car has learned his punishment, and there is outrage over the sentence the judge handed down. President Trump, however, may get the final say in dishing out justice.
The families of his victims are furious at the sentence, especially after they learned that ICE tried to deport him in 2015, but sanctuary city policies allowed him to go free.
Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, came to America legally from Guatemala but overstayed his visa, which expired in 2009. Rather than go home, he stayed in Maryland – and in December, he struck and killed an FBI agent and a state fire marshal as they stood on the side of a highway after an accident.
FBI Special Agent Carlos Wolff (pictured above right) had crashed his car on a Montgomery County highway when Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen (pictured above left) stopped to help.
Garza Palacios, driving down the same highway, came from behind and struck them both. Cohen died at the scene, and Wolff died later. According to authorities, Garza Palacios did not see the wreck until it was too late, and could not swerve to avoid the car, going up on the shoulder, where the two men were standing. He did not see the men there.
Authorities agreed he was not driving with “reckless disregard,” and was not driving dangerously, and he was not charged with a more serious crime of manslaughter.
Instead, his punishment for killing two people was to pay a $280 fine.
‘This case is about an unfortunate accident. Mr. Garza Palacios feels terrible about the situation,’ his attorney said.
Regardless, the victim’s families are devastated, and say Garza Palacios should have never been in the country to begin with.
According to the Daily Mail, Garza Palacios has had trouble with the law before. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in 2015. He also served four months in jail for a vandalism spree in which he broke the windows of 16 cars and lit a sofa near a construction site on fire.
At the time, ICE issued a detainer to have him held for deportation, but because of Montgomery County’s sanctuary policies, he was not held, and allowed to go free.
Now, however, ICE may finally be able to deport him. They are actively working to do so, but the case is still pending.
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