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“Dreamer” Sentenced To Prison For Gang Murder

By Greg L | 13 July 2012 | National Politics, Illegal Aliens, Crime, Prince William County | 10 Comments

Mauricio Matrinez will be serving only seven and a half years in prison for his role in MS-13’s execution of a 15 year-old Hispanic boy, apparently chosen at random as he was walking down the street in Manassas.  Of course at the end of his prison sentence he will be turned over to federal authorities for deportation, provided the federal government at that time retains any interest whatsoever in deporting criminal illegal aliens, which is increasingly questionable.  I’m glad to see how well the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force and local authorities did in solving this case and bringing the guilty to justice, but I really have to wonder if American citizens are eligible for such lenient judicial treatment if they participate in gang executions of random individuals on the street.

With the Obama Administration denying Virginia’s request to participate in the Section 287(g) Program that helps deport criminal illegal aliens before they commit murders, their administrative amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, and even the establishment of a hot line for illegal aliens to call if they feel the need to complain about any actions by federal authorities to deport them, it’s clear illegal aliens, criminal and otherwise, have little reason to leave the country.  We don’t enforce federal laws, so why should illegal aliens care about violating them?  It’s gotten so bad I even have a taped conversation between an admitted illegal alien and an employer where the illegal alien expresses concern that if he gets hired they use one of his fraudulent Social Security Numbers instead of the other because it might jeopardize the unemployment benefits he is collecting.

State governments must step into this gap to protect their citizens, even if the federal government won’t.  Arizona scored a major legal victory of late in the Supreme Court for doing  just that and it’s well past time for Virginia to do the same.  Every delay in doing so just puts more innocent people at risk, just as I pointed out when this case broke in 2010.  Amnesty is not going to solve this problem, enforcing the law will.

If you care at all about this issue you have a choice to make this November between a president who will do anything to protect illegal aliens from the consequences of their actions and a candidate for president who has pledged to do everything possible to enforce the law.  There’s a choice between a Senator who votes to protect illegal aliens every time and a candidate for Senator who wants to deport illegal aliens rather than coddle them.  After that election we can clean up the mess in the Senate of Virginia that has been stonewalling every effort to address this issue, but right now we have a chance to help fix the problem at the federal level, where the problem is worst right now.

Sitting on the sidelines isn’t an option anymore.  Unless you want more innocent people to die, you have to get engaged.  Now.

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  1. Completely Fed-up said on 13 Jul 2012 at 8:49 pm:
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    7 and 1/2 years…absolutely sickening.

  2. citizenofmanassas said on 13 Jul 2012 at 11:48 pm:
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    Of course the sentencing is too short. It’s a pipe dream to think the feds are going to change their opinions on open borders. If illegal aliens taking part in some of the worst crimes and terrorist attacks to ever hit America has not changed the mindset, why should the stabbing of one hispanic kid do it? As the saying goes, that horse left the barn a long time ago. Like any number of pests and disases that have hit us, illegal aliens have become just the most recent that we’ve had to put up with. Pretty soon, though, we won’t have to worry about illegal aliens, because there will be no such thing, they will have become citizens or legal residents. Then of course the crimes and the general decay they cause will no longer stand out.

  3. Maureen said on 14 Jul 2012 at 8:50 am:
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    I am so sick Of this and the mentality that we as Americans have to be compassionate to illegal liens just because they were able to sneak in our country.

    Why don’t the illegal alien apologists realize that every crime committed by an illegal is 100% preventable?

  4. Citizen12 said on 14 Jul 2012 at 10:40 am:
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    If that is how Judge William D. Hamblen doles out sentencing to a “cold blooded” murderer, we should be looking more closely at how we purge those in the justice system who devalue human life in the way in which they address crimes against the citizenry in our community.

    “At a sentencing hearing Friday, Judge William D. Hamblen sentenced Martinez to 10 years in prison with five years suspended for the conspiracy charge and five years in prison, with two and a half years suspended for the gang charge, giving him seven and half years to serve. He also ordered that Martinez serve five years probation after his release from prison.”

  5. ... said on 15 Jul 2012 at 10:32 am:
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    Soft judges make hard criminals.

  6. ... said on 15 Jul 2012 at 10:33 am:
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    Perhaps judges should be elected, instead of appointed. They are in many other states.

  7. Fed Up Conservative said on 15 Jul 2012 at 4:36 pm:
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    Electing judges, in my opinion, is a lousy idea. I also agree this sentence seems awfully light but I’ll also admit I do not know all the specifics on the case. Is it possible the evidence was light enough that there was a chance the defendant could have been found not guilty? This is something the prosecutor has to look at when deciding to plea bargain.

  8. Greg L said on 15 Jul 2012 at 5:04 pm:
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    Of note, this wasn’t a plea bargain, where a defendant issues a guilty plea in exchange for an agreed-on sentence before trial. This was a case where the defendant was found guilty and the judge decided on his own to impose what seems to me to be a light sentence. I find it interesting that someone who will almost certainly be deported after they complete their sentence will be required to serve five years probation. Will the deportation be put on hold until the completion of the probation? Or is the probation officer supposed to supervise someone who is outside the country?

    Judges are appointed and re-appointed by the General Assembly in Virginia, although I’m not sure if that’s the case with all of them. In a sense they are elected, but by our elected officials. If you have concerns about a particular judge I’d strongly recommend those concerns be shared with your Delegate and Senator so the next time they come up for reappointment they can act on those concerns. General Assembly members will keep record of constituent contacts about judges, and your input is retained for when it’s needed. Since so few ever bother to do this, your letter or email will have a very significant impact.

  9. Unhinged and Delusional said on 16 Jul 2012 at 6:44 am:
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    Can someone explain why this turd isn’t getting the needle?

  10. Robert L. Duecaster said on 16 Jul 2012 at 10:39 am:
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    Judges come up for re-appointment every 6 years. The re-appointment used to be a sure thing, almost a laughing matter. When Bob McDonnell was AG, he instituted some sort of “appraisal” system of judges that the legislature has access to. The judges are appraised by the lawyers who appear before them, if they have appeared before them at least 3 times. I assume this includes prosecutors as well as defense attorneys. Such an appraisal system is probably better than none, but it makes no provision whatsoever for any input from the interest group most affected by the judge, i.e., the general public. I would also submit that interests of this group (the lawyers, whether prosecutors or defense lawyers) may be directly opposite to the interests of the public at large.

    The bottom line is, if you’re dissatisfied with one of your local judges and the sentences he/she hands out, let the entire delegation from PWC know about it, not just your delegate.

    I had to attend traffic court a couple of months ago due to an expired inspection sticker. I sat through several DUI’s and driving without license (guess who gets apprehended for that offense) cases and was appalled at the light sentences handed out. Traffic (district) court judges make up the gene pool from which the Circuit court (where felonies like this are heard) judges are chosen. So the light sentences in traffic court are a good indication of how a judge is going to sentence felons once he or she gets a Circuit Court appointment.

    If they made me a judge, you’d see some sentences.

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