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Accused San Francisco Pier Shooter Should Have Been Deported: Immigration Officials
San Francisco released Francisco Sanchez because it is a "sanctuary city."
SAN FRANCISCO

The man accused of gunning down a 32-year-old Pleasanton woman while she was out strolling San Francisco's Embarcadero with her father was in a Bay Area jail less than four months ago and should have been turned over to federal immigration officials upon his release, instead of being set free, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

But that's not the way the San Francisco County Sheriff's Legal Counsel Freya Horne sees it. In an interview Friday with NBC Bay Area, she said the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and they do not turn over...

Honduran man called 'high-level heroin dealer' gets 5 years in prison
OregonLive.com

A Honduran man described as high-level heroin dealer was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Alex Ovidio Rodriguez-Elvir could have faced a longer sentence. One of Rodriguez-Elvir's customers, a lower level dealer, sold heroin to an Estacada man, David Bessey, who died from an overdose....could not conclusively be linked to the death.

Clackamas County deputies arrested Rodriguez-Elvir in July 2014 after he agreed to deliver heroin to a police informant. He was carrying about 4 ounces on him when he was arrested, said prosecutor Matt...

Man accused of masturbating in court faces deportation after plea deal
OregonLive.com

A sex abuse defendant who was accused of masturbating during a pretrial court hearing will face deportation under the plea agreement he signed Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Roberto Hernandez-Fabian sexually touched a 13-year-old girl in a car in 2010. He was 26 at the time...

A Washington County jury that year found him guilty.... He was sentenced to six years and three months in prison.

But the case returned to Circuit Court after the Oregon Court of Appeals found that prosecutors had failed to give adequate notice of their intent to offer hearsay statements at trial...

Man convicted in appealed rape case sentenced to 93 years
Statesman Journal

A Marion County Circuit Court judge sentenced a man to 93 years in prison after the man was convicted, for the second time, of rape and child sex abuse.

Juan de Dios Cruz-Rojas, 43, was initially convicted of rape and sex abuse of two female victims — both known to him — in 2011. The incidents occurred over the course of several years starting in 2006. The case regarding one of the victims was appealed because of a change in the law by the Oregon Supreme Court, said Judge Dennis Graves.

Cruz-Rojas was convicted again last week by a jury on four counts of first-degree rape,...

Canadian who pilfered IDs of Urban Outfitters employees gets prison
OregonLive.com

A former Urban Outfitters manager is going to federal prison for stealing at least 28 IRS employee identity forms from her former employer, which she sold to other people...

Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones on Tuesday sentenced Carolyn Gallagher, a Canadian, to 1 year, 1 day in federal prison, meaning she's likely to be out in about 10 months if she stays out of trouble...

Gallagher conspired with four other people – Jheraun Dunlap, Ernest Bagsby, Jermaine Moore and Brandi McCall – to prepare and file false tax returns. Dunlap got the longest prison term: 65 months...

Benton County triple homicide suspect will not face death penalty in November trial
Tri-County Herald

A Umatilla man charged with fatally shooting three people in a Benton County orchard last summer will not face the death penalty.

Prosecutor Andy Miller confirmed for the court Tuesday that his office decided not to seek that sentence in the case of Francisco J. Resendez Miranda.

Resendez Miranda, 24, is charged in Benton County Superior Court with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder. If convicted of even one count of aggravated murder, he is looking at life in prison without the possibility of release.

Prosecutors allege he killed Abigail Torres-Renteria,...

Canadian admits trying to smuggle 100 pounds of cocaine from Portland to Canada
OregonLive.com

Kevin Landers shook his head as a federal judge sided with a prosecutor and ordered he remain in jail pending a trial on cocaine possession charges...

Landers had been at the Multnomah County Detention Center since he was arrested Dec. 5. Prosecutors say police found him driving a van with nearly 100 pounds of cocaine that he picked up in Portland and planned to transport back to his native Canada.

"I'm a good man," Landers, 51, told Acosta in U.S. District Court...

...But he was also a "good cocaine smuggler" with no ties to Oregon and plenty of incentive to flee...

Man convicted in appealed rape case sentenced to 93 years
Statesman Journal

A Marion County Circuit Court judge sentenced a man to 93 years in prison after the man was convicted, for the second time, of rape and child sex abuse.

Juan de Dios Cruz-Rojas, 43, was initially convicted of rape and sex abuse of two female victims — both known to him — in 2011. The incidents occurred over the course of several years starting in 2006. The case regarding one of the victims was appealed because of a change in the law by the Oregon Supreme Court, said Judge Dennis Graves.

Cruz-Rojas was convicted again last week by a jury on four counts of first-degree rape,...

Case of father jailed for 905 days as witness in murder case prompts legislation
OregonLive.com

The case of a father and son jailed for two years to secure their testimony in an Oregon murder trial has prompted legislation to prevent any witness from enduring the same fate.

Lawmakers this week passed House Bill 2316 authorizing a judge to order a pretrial deposition for material witnesses. Next, it heads to the Senate for approval.

With this bill, said Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, legislators hope pretrial depositions – which would emulate live courtroom testimony – would allow a witness to go free instead of waiting in jail to appear at trial.

The bill is...

Men caught with meth, heroin worth $1.3 million get 7 years in prison, face deportation to Mexico
OregonLive.com

Two men caught with 30 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in March were sentenced to 7½ years in prison this week.

On March 30, Portland police began following a truck driven by Juan Hernandez-Sanchez and stopped the vehicle....near Clackamas Town Center.

Hernandez-Sanchez gave police permission to search the vehicle...

The dog, Nikko, indicated the presence of drugs in a large toolbox in the truck bed.

There, officers found 30 pounds of meth and a pound of heroin; they arrested Hernandez, a Northeast Portland resident, and Canela-Perez, a...

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