The Manassas Journal-Messenger reports that Jose David Martinez-Zeron plead guilty in the grisly 2007 murder of Brenely Ester Lessing-Yanez, but what they don’t tell you is that Martinez-Zeron is an illegal alien from Guatemala, nor that he had been released from police custody on a $1,000 bond a day earlier following an arrest by the Manassas Park Police Department, nor that they had charged him with giving three separate false identifications to a police officer and driving without a license. The address Martinez-Zeron gave to the Manassas Park Police Department of 8972 Ashton Avenue, Manassas doesn’t even exist. But he was released anyways, and that facilitated a murder. For that information, you would have had to read BVBL, because the local media wouldn’t tell you.
A Manassas teen charged with strangling and beating a 19-year-old woman to death in August 2007 pleaded guilty in Prince William Circuit Court on Thursday.
Jose David Martinez-Zeron, 19, was charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 14 death of Brenely Ester Lessing-Yanez.
Prosecutors said Martinez-Zeron was attending a party at a house in the 8600 block of Mahogany Court in Manassas, where Lessing-Yanez rented a basement apartment.
During the party, Martinez-Zeron produced a machete, prosecutors said.
Others at the party, including Lessing-Yanez, asked him to put the machete away, but he did not.
Lessing-Yanez became angry and went into her bedroom. Martinez-Zeron followed her.
Witnesses said they did not hear anything from the room until a few minutes later when they heard “a fairly loud thump,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney William Jarvis said.
According to witnesses, Martinez-Zeron then exited the bedroom. There was blood on his shirt and pants.
There is so much about local crime that our local media chooses not to report, and which apparently seems readily accessable to regular folks with just a bit of motivation and internet access. There are pieces of information that our local papers are willing to report, and others they are not, presumably because they believe we either shouldn’t know or don’t want to know. Their self-censorship, whatever the motivation, is to our detriment.
Stories like this inform public policy, and in order to make good policy decisions we need all the facts, not just those the MJM thinks we need to know. That this murderer was an illegal alien has pretty significant policy implications, but only if we’re aware that he is an illegal alien and the lackadasical approach to dealing with illegal aliens that local law enforcement applied at the time. This now-convicted murderer’s connections with Montgomery County, Maryland, the apparent behavior consistent with hyper-violent gangs, and his choice of another immigrant victim all have implications in how localities should craft strategies to deal with crime. While the small group of people provided this information could certainly affect policy changes locally, the public at large has a right to this information and a clear purpose for having it provided.
Instead, we get another incomplete story with the facts parsed by the politically-correct lens of our local media which leaves us wondering every time someone commits a crime and happens to have an unusual name whether we’re dealing with an illegal alien and what else they may have done before attracting media attention. It facilitates a culture of suspicion where in the absence of fact people often leap to conclusions that may not be correct. And when we discuss with out elected officials, the ignorance this breeds hampers our ability to advocate responsible and effective policy.
Some in the mainstream media apparently feel that keeping the electorate ignorant and uninformed is a good thing, so our government masters can secretly devise policy without the trouble of having those pesky citizens weigh in. That is unethical and irresponsible, but that’s the local media we have. For citizens to effectively provide input in the legislative process, the citizens need the facts. Without them, our policy development suffers. Perhaps the way in which that suffering happens is acceptable to our local media, but it should never be to the people.
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