Illegal immigrant convicted of helping cop killer flee country gets less than two years in prison

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Roughly a year after the death of Newman police Corporal Ronil Singh, sentencing was handed down to one of the individuals responsible for trying to help the alleged murderer flee the country.

However, while a sentence was handed down, it seems that justice was hardly served and the family of the fallen officer is not pleased with the outcome.

There hasn’t been much traction in the charges levied against Gustavo Perez Arriaga, the man accused of gunning down Corporal Ronil Singh during a traffic stop on Christmas Day in 2018.

Yet the latest conviction of a man who attempted to help Perez Arriaga elude capture by authorities could prove beneficial in the proceedings against the officer’s accused murderer.

Still, the lightest possible sentence was extended to the man convicted in helping Perez Arriaga flee the country.

When Corporal Singh was brutally murdered while enacting a traffic stop, Perez Arriaga had managed to avoid being arrested for two days. Perez Arriaga had concocted a plan with his family and another individual to help him leave the country to avoid prosecution.

When officials caught wind of the failed plan, charges were brought forth against seven of the conspirators involved.

Legal analyst Tony Capozzi emphasized the importance of pursuing swift justice against those who aim to harbor people to avoid prosecution:

“It’s important that the government comes down very strong on them to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future. It sends a strong message.”

One of the seven alleged to have been involved in the concealment of Perez Arriaga was Erik Razo-Quiroz, the only non-family member to have aided in the plot.

Much like the accused murderer, Razo-Quiroz is an illegal immigrant.

The now convicted felon from Merced was originally accused of disposing of the gun used to kill Singh. Razo-Quiroz had then hidden Perez Arriaga’s truck and drove him around to various places when needed.

During that time, Perez Arriaga’s brother had gathered funds to help him get across the southern border into Mexico and was in contact with a smuggler poised to assist.

Capozzi noted that individuals trying to assist those wanted by police for alleged crimes will find themselves in legal trouble too:

“Anyone who helps someone escape or to aid in any way this defendant in getting away or covering up any kind of evidence, the government is going to come after and prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

Razo-Quiroz stated that the alleged killer had handed him a plastic bag and asked him to get rid of it. During the proceedings, Razo-Quiroz insisted that he did not know there was a gun inside of the bag handed to him.

The most surprising aspect was that an actual jury believed the story provided by Razo-Quiroz of being oblivious to what was in the bag given to him for disposal. So, while Razo-Quiroz was acquitted on the charges related to the gun, the jury did find him guilty of conspiring to aid and abet in flight to avoid prosecution.

With the now sealed conviction of Razo-Quiroz, Capozzi stated that this will inevitably help in prosecuting Perez Arriaga:

“In the killer’s case, he’s absconding. He’s running away. That’s flight to avoid prosecution. That’s indications of guilt. So that’s evidence that’ll be bought in by the district attorney to show that he knew what he did and he was trying to run away and get away with it.”

After Razo-Quiroz was found guilty, the judge handed down the extremely lenient sentence of 21 months in federal prison. The time given to the illegal immigrant happens to be the bare minimum sentence for the conviction secured.

This was also the same amount of time given to the accused killer’s younger brother who hatched the escape plot.

Razo-Quiroz defense attorney, Barbara O’Neill, referred to the case and outcome as tragic. She is mourning the likelihood that her client will get deported after he finishes his sentence.

Honestly, there’s nothing tragic at all about someone illegally in the country, who were convicted of doing illegal things while here, getting deported. That’s typically called proper immigration law enforcement, which is a far cry from a tragedy.

While Corporal Singh’s family didn’t provide much detail regarding the outcome on Wednesday, they did tell local Action News that they’re not satisfied with the sentence.

It’s the second such injustice surrounding the murder of a law enforcement officer that we’ve reported this week.  The first story was out of Arizona.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, one of those fine, outstanding illegal immigrants that Democrats want to let into our country unabated, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge on Thursday for the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.

Let that sink in for a minute. This crime occurred just over NINE years ago. And he’s just been sentenced now.  

On that date, Terry and three other border patrol agents, William Castano, Gabriel Fragoza and Timothy Keller had set up in a remote area south of Tucson, AZ known as Mesquite Seep, as part of an operation to apprehend a group of criminals, who were armed with AK-47-style rifles.

The team had been in place for around 48 hours and were ready to leave when they were told by an observation post that men were approaching them from the east. As the men got closer, one of the agents yelled “police” in Spanish and told the men to drop their weapons.

At trial, Agent Fragoza said that the men turned toward the agents with their rifles at the “ready” position, so he fired a shotgun containing beanbag rounds. At some point, the men returned fire, shooting at least five rounds from their AK-47 type rifles.

During that exchange, Terry was fatally wounded by a bullet that hit him in the back just above the hip, hitting his spine and severing his aorta.

Terry yelled to Castano, “Will, I’m hit.”

Castano said that he tried to treat Terry, and that Terry had said, “I can’t feel my legs,” at which point he lost consciousness.

Terry died while being carried to a rescue helicopter.

The scumbag was part of a so-called “rip crew”, which are a group of bandits who prey on human and drug smuggling hikers near the border, and steal whatever valuables or drugs are being transported.

The jury found last February that Osorio-Arellanes was part of the crew of seven banditos who were convicted.

After he was convicted, Osorio-Arellanes was defiant, saying, “with all due respect I don’t agree with the trial,” he said in a statement that had been delivered in Spanish and then translated to English, according to the New York Post.

“Prosecutors pointed to me as a murderer without any evidence, so the jury would say I was guilty. Everything is being done illegally.”

Apparently this guy has watched a little too much Law and Order.

The murder of Agent Terry became even more controversial after it was learned that one of the guns that was found at the scene was from the Eric Holder program “Fast and Furious.”

This was the Obama-era gun-running program that was conducted in order to track “straw purchase” gun buyers and link them to drug and weapons cartels in Mexico.  Holder as you may remember was the Attorney General under Barack Obama.

Basically what happened is Federal agents basically released guns, but ended up losing track of 1,400 of them…including the one that showed up at Brian Terry’s murder.

In 2016, one of the missing weapons was found in the arms cache of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The gun was a .50-caliber rifle…capable of taking down a Mexican helicopter.

Information regarding the program was requested by Congress but the Justice Department, led by Holder, refused to turn the documents over to Congress. That led to a criminal contempt citation against Holder in 2012—the first ever against a sitting U.S. attorney general.

At the time Holder claimed executive privilege in withholding the documents, however federal judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected that assertion.

“Any harm that might flow from the public revelation of the deliberations at issue here has already been self-inflicted.”

Nothing ever came out of the contempt citation on Holder, with Deputy Attorney General James Cole saying at the time:

“The department will not bring congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General.”

In the ultimate display of chutzpah, Holder back in December 2019 criticized current Attorney General William Barr, saying that “since the moment he took office,” Barr’s “words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duties to the Constitution.

Which is why I now fear that his conduct—running political interference for an increasingly lawless president—will wreak lasting damage.” What a hypocrite!

Back to the Terry case, BATF Agent John Dodson spoke about Fast and Furious and how that played into Brian Terry’s murder.

“When Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, I immediately noticed that my agency was attempting to cover up any link between the investigation and the strategy that we employed and the death of Agent Terry.”

He continued:

“Part of my mission with ATF in Phoenix was to combat illegal firearms trafficking to the Mexican drug cartels,” he explained.

“Somehow in order to achieve that goal, the strategy that had been adopted was to facilitate and allow the illegal firearms trafficking to the Mexican drug cartels.

We were basically flooding the border region with firearms from the U.S. civilian market, and then tracking and tallying the results as they were used in crimes on both sides of the border.”

After Osario-Arellanes was sentenced, Terry’s brother, Kent told Breitbart Texas:

“We are grateful for an honest sentencing in the trial. But my brother deserves more than this. He deserves accountability for those who supplied these weapons to known criminals and cartels.”

Kent Terry has also asked Attorney General William Barr to conduct a “proper and thorough investigation” into the federal government’s role in the program that led to his brother’s death.

“The stress that my family has been through for these nine years is unimaginable,” he said. “Our hope is that President Trump will do the right thing and have Barr take a close look at this reckless operation.”

Fallout from Fast and Furious caused the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, to resign and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona had to recuse itself from trials connected to it.

Brian Terry’s family sued the federal government but in 2016, the 9th Circuit Court (also known as the 9th Circus) upheld a lower court’s ruling that there are “congressionally-mandated remedies” that are already in place for the survivors of an agent killed in the line of duty.

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Illegal immigrant convicted of helping cop killer flee country gets less than two years in prison

 

At Osario-Arellanes sentencing, twenty members of the BORTAC unit filled the courtroom, along with several other Border Patrol agents, as well as Tucson Sector Chief Roy Villareal.

“Today brings us one step closer to justice for Agent Brian Terry’s murder,” said Villareal in a statement released after the hearing. “The sentencing brings a painful time closer to an end and serves as a reminder of the grave dangers our agents face in their selfless commitment to the safety of their communities and country.”

Terry’s sisters, Kelly Terry-Willis and Michelle Balogh were allowed to address the court as part of victim impact statements. The sisters tearfully described Terry as a dedicated man, a “true American hero,” who was preparing to go home to Michigan for the holidays when he was gunned down.

Terry-Willis said that instead of meeting her brother at the airport, instead she was there to receive his “lifeless body” in a flag-draped casket.

“You would think that time would lessen the heartbreak, but it doesn’t,” she said.

Speaking of her brother, Balogh said that Brian had “missed so much” since his death, including marriages, graduations.

“He’ll never be a husband, he’ll never be a dad, we’ll never have a sister-in-law,” she said. She sobbed for a moment, then recalled how after her brother’s funeral when she returned home, she found a box on her front porch full of gifts that Brian had mailed just before “going into the desert.”

David D. Leschner, assistant U.S. attorney described the crime during closing arguments.

He told the jury to start with the robbery charge, because everything else the men did that night “flowed” from that crime.

“Their mission is to commit a robbery,” Leschner said.

And, because they went to an area where they knew that there were Border Patrol agents in the area, “it was foreseeable that they were going to encounter” agents, so that when they went to Mesquite Seep with their assault rifles at the ready, ‘they were hunting.’”

“The men went to Mesquite Seep because it’s a “choke point” for smuggling routes through the mountains roughly parallel to Interstate 19, north of Nogales,” he said. “If people go through the area, they can be at the highway in two to three hours, otherwise they face another three to four day’s walk,” Leschner said.

Leschner showed the jury how the men brought 300 tortillas, cans of beans, sardines, and prepackaged noodles, and seven extra boxes of ammunition, holding 180 rounds of ammunition.

However, he said that one piece of evidence best illustrated how the men were prepared to use their weapons in the desert: the fact that the men brought at least two bottles of gun lubricant with them.

“They wanted to ensure that these guns would work; this tells you as much as possible,” he said.

Outside the courtroom after the sentencing, Terry-Willis and Balogh said that they felt the Obama administration had left “their brother behind” and that still was not resolved for the family.

“That’s not resolved for us, because we still don’t have all the answers and all the truth.”

While they believe the sentencing was a “step in the right direction, but this is totally different than Fast and Furious.”

“There were men out there that night, and there are men that supplied the weapons to them that night, “said Terry-Willis.

Obama and Holder…are you listening?

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