He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War… but as Veterans Day 2019 approached, Samuel Jackson’s life was cut short after an illegal immigrant allegedly hit him with his car.
Then they say he ran from the scene.
Now prosecutors are going after Nemias Perez Severiano, claiming that he was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred.
The disabled Vietnam veteran was 69-years-old when the drunk driving crash took his life, according to reports from Breitbart.
Prosecutors say that on November 10, Severiano climbed behind the wheel after he had been drinking at a local bar for approximately five hours, consuming a large quantity of drinks.
“While at the bar [Severiano] indicated he consumed seven to eight Modelo beers,” the arrest records stated. “[Severiano] informed the detectives that when he left the bar, he was ‘a little drunk.’”
After leaving the bar, they say he sped through Norristown, Pennsylvania and struck Jackson as he was standing outside his home. After the crash, instead of sticking around to see if anyone had been seriously injured, police say Severiano panicked and fled the scene.
Sources said that Jackson had been exiting his own vehicle when he was struck by the speeding Ford Focus sedan.
“On this here corner, they come by very frequently very fast,” said Jackson’s next-door neighbor Terry Walker.
The act left Jackson’s family speechless.
“I’m a forgiving person, but it’s really taken a lot for me right now to forgive somebody because if they had called 911, we might have been able to save him,” Jackson’s sister Peggy said.
They’re still trying to figure out how someone could cause such harm and then just run away.
“Why can’t you stop, see if he was okay, see if he was alive, see if he was breathing,” said Jayden Guidici, Jackson’s grandson, in an interview with ABC 6.
What’s worse is that Jackson loved the Marines Corps. with all of his heart and looked forward to Veterans Day each year, according to his loved ones.
His sister Peggy said he “loved the Marines” and was “so proud to have served his country.”
But instead, his life was taken too early.
“It was basically his day, it’s what he fought for,” Jayden said about his grandfather’s service.
Jackson will still be buried in USMC garb after Marine Corp Veteran Richard Dunn reportedly donated his uniform to the family for that exact reason.
Severiano is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $200,000 bond. Being that he is a 31-year-old immigrant from Mexico living in the country illegally, federal officials from ICE placed a request that if were to be released at any point that local law enforcement entities turn the suspected killer over to their custody.
The debate over immigration laws has stirred up an incredible amount of controversy as some cities claim sanctuary status and others push for their local law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal agents.
Newly released data by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency reveals the degree to which sanctuary cities and counties in North Carolina are protecting criminal aliens from arrest and deportation.
“Across North Carolina, local authorities refused to honor more than 500 detainers for foreign nationals during Fiscal Year 2019,” ICE officials wrotein a statement. “All of these detainer refusals are of persons criminally arrested by a law enforcement agency for a criminal offense beyond their violation of federal immigration law.”
Close to 80 percent of criminal undocumented immigrants freed back into American communities by sanctuary jurisdictions go on to commit more crimes, an ICE official confirmed in congressional testimony.
“When aliens walk out the front of the jail that could have been handed over to [ICE] for removal proceedings, they have the opportunity to commit additional crimes,” ICE official Timothy Robbins said. “What we’ve seen, and depending on the report you look at, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of those who have committed crimes will re-offend.”
In a recent case, officials in Buncombe County, North Carolina released a child molester from prison instead of handing him over to ICE for deportation.
North Carolina suffers from a disproportionately high rate of sex crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Research by North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE) stated that in the last one and a half years, more than 330 immigrants, not in the country legally have been charged with nearly 1,200 child sex crimes in North Carolina.
Further north, a Maryland county is rethinking its relationship with ICE after the number of alleged rapes committed by illegal immigrants continues to climb.
We’re talking about Montgomery County, Maryland. County officials originally adopted the “Promoting Community Trust Executive Order” back in July in an apparent attempt to help out local law enforcement with local crime. Generally, the idea was to make non-citizens feel as though they could still go to the police or cooperate in an investigation without fear of further action due to their citizenship status.
The policy was so strict, federal ICE officials were not even allowed to set foot inside of a Montgomery County jail. Any non-public county facilities were completely out of bounds for members of DHS – specifically those dealing with immigration.
But that’s no longer the case after Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich rolled back certain parts of that agreement in early November in order to reinstate law and order and protect residents in the community.
Why the big change? Since the measure was signed back in July, nine undocumented criminal immigrants were charged with rape and sexual assault — in just a matter of 60 days. But because of the strict statute that had been laid out, local cops literally just had to let the suspects walk.
The spike in August in September highlighted the hypocrisy behind the legally binding agreement.
Now federal ICE officials will be given access to “identified areas” of the local lockup facility to “ensure that transfers are conducted in a safe environment.”
That means no more local police officials releasing individuals that are wanted by federal agents. No more ignoring detainer requests filed by the Department of Homeland Security. The original measure also barred law enforcement from asking residents about their citizenship status. That’s now been rolled back as well, according to Fox.
An ICE spokesperson released a statement generalizing the importance of uniting members of law enforcement in the fight against ALL crime — not just picking and choosing which rules to enforce.
“Cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety,” they said in a statement.
Officials spoke with Fox about why criminal detainers are usually placed — and the serious repercussions that dividing police forces can have on a community.
“ICE lodges detainers on individuals who have been arrested on criminal charges and who ICE has probable cause to believe are removable aliens. The detainer asks the other law enforcement agency to notify ICE in advance of release and to maintain custody of the alien for a brief period of time so that ICE can take custody of that person in a safe and secure setting upon release from that agency’s custody.”
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In August, Elrich’s office had said that despite multiple ICE detainer requests being placed on dangerous criminals, the county was unable to accommodate unless the detainer came with a judicial warrant. But ICE pushed back, noting that they did not need a judge to sign off on a warrant in order to do their job.
But now it seems like those days are over — at least for the time being.
Federal immigration officials say that the change of heart will allow them to perform their jobs in a much safer environment, taking wanted criminals into custody for removal proceedings inside of a safe, law enforcement controlled facility — not somewhere in public where something could easily go wrong.
“It is safer for everyone if we take custody of an alien in the controlled environment of another law enforcement agency as opposed to visiting an alien’s residence, place of work or other public area. Arresting a criminal in the safety, security, and privacy of a jail is always the best option,” the spokesperson added.
Let’s look at some of the cases that drove these leaders to change their minds.
The latest accusations came after 37-year-old Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez’s 15-year-old step-daughter accused the Honduran national of raping her a number of times.
According to public records, Carrasco-Hernandez faces charges of second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense in connection with the assault.
The victim approached the Montgomery County police to file a report that her step-father had repeatedly sexually assaulted her between August 16 and August 25. She told investigators that the experience had been “very painful” and that she’s had some lingering issues following the alleged incidents.
“Victim A stated that she could not move and Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez was squishing her with his body,” investigators said.
The victim’s mother allegedly caught the two in a bedroom in the suburban Maryland residence. After discovering the two together, she reportedly kicked Carrasco-Hernandez out of the house. She told police that she believed her daughter may have been given alcohol in order to coerce her into performing the sexual acts with her step-father.
Officials within ICE reported that Carrasco-Hernandez had been deported from the United States in April of 2017, but came back over the border “sometime thereafter.”
Because he had been previously deported, the suspect could face 20 years in a federal prison for re-entering the country. If convicted on all charges, WJLA says that he could face up to 56 years behind bars.
Another man, Nelson Saul Reyes-Medrano, 46, has been charged with first-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and first-degree assault after he reportedly crawled into a young girl’s bed while she was taking a nap and raped her while holding a knife to her throat.
The Montgomery County Police Department arrested Reyes-Medrano after the attack, which took place in late 2018, was reported to authorities.
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