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ICE detains man charged with manslaughter of Salem couple, DUI

A man accused of killing a Salem couple while driving drunk was on his way back to Marion County Jail Monday following his arrest by deportation officers.

Eduardo De La Lima-Vargas, 39, of Hubbard, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when he left the county jail after posting bail Thursday.

In a matter of hours, Marion County prosecutors filed a motion with the Marion County court to reconsider holding him without bail in order to prevent his removal from the United States so he can face prosecution for his alleged crimes here before being deported to Mexico.

According to ICE officials, De La Lima-Vargas is a citizen of Mexico residing illegally in the United States.

Marion County Judge David Leith ruled in the prosecutors' favor, and as of midday Monday, De La Lima-Vargas was en route to Salem from an ICE detention facility in The Dalles.

De La Lima-Vargas was first arrested after midnight on Aug. 19 on manslaughter, DUI and reckless driving charges.

According to police, he was driving his truck pulling an occupied horse trailer on Mission Street near Interstate 5 when he ran a red light and hit a motorcycle carrying Logan Wilson, 34, and Jessica Wilson, 32.

The Wilsons, a married couple with several young children, later died at Salem Hospital.

Responding officers described Vargas as smelling strongly of alcohol and swaying on his feet while standing. He failed a field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol content was at .10 percent two hours after the crash.

Several witnesses reported seeing him swerving and driving recklessly, according to court records. Two hours before the crash, he was involved in a property damage incident. After one witness called police and told him not to leave, De La Lima-Vargas allegedly threatened to shoot the witness and drove away.

Prosecutors noted that after the deadly crash, De La Lima-Vargas did not ask about the condition of the people he hit.

"He did, however, express concern for his horse, which had been in the horse trailer at the time of both of the crashes," prosecutors said.

De La Lima-Vargas also told investigators his wife was concerned about his driving the night of the crash. She offered to come and get him, but he declined because he did not know where he was.

Prosecutors said the public was at risk of physical injury if De La Lima-Vargas was released. They asked that he be held without bail.

Leith ordered that De La Lima-Vargas be held without bail until a hearing scheduled for Sept. 5.

During the hearing, Leith set bail at $500,000, finding that De La Lima-Vargas was charged with bailable offenses.

ICE officials confirmed that De La Lima-Vargas was taken into custody after posting $50,000 security the next day.

“ICE’s mission is to protect public safety by upholding the immigration laws of the country,"  ICE officials said in a statement Friday, adding that they considered De La Lima-Vargas to be threat to public safety.

ICE officials said they are not associated with the criminal proceedings in Marion County and would transfer De La Lima-Vargas back into local custody if Marion County prosecutors filed the appropriate motion.

Prosecutor Katie Suver filed a motion Friday asking the court to reconsider holding De La Lima-Vargas without bail to "protect the rights of the victims and the public and to avoid the possible removal of the defendant from the United States."

Suver said they were advised that De La Limas-Vargas could be removed from the country. Law enforcement would have no way ensuring his attendance at future court hearings if he was deported.

"At best, the defendant would remain in 'warrant' status and the case would never be tried," Suver said.

Shortly after prosecutors filed the motion, Leith ordered that De La Lima-Vargas be transported back to Marion County and held without bail until a new hearing scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the issue of bail will be addressed at the Tuesday hearing.

After De La Lima-Vargas's arrest, ICE issued an immigration detainer with Marion County Jail.

Detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for deportation.

"The Marion County Jail does not honor any aspect of an ICE detainer, absent a criminal arrest warrant issued by a magistrate judge," ICE officials said.

The issue of not honoring ICE detainers has become part of a contentious national debate over "sanctuary cities."

In November, voters will decide on whether Oregon should repeal its sanctuary state law, which prevents law enforcement from detaining people who are in the country illegally but have not broken other laws.

Eduardo De La Lima-Vargas (Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office)

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at wmwoodwort@statesmanjournal.com, call 503-399-6884 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

Another innocent American girl murdered by an illegal alien

An illegal alien who should have never been allowed to remain in the United States has taken the life of yet another US citizen - this time in Iowa - 20 year old Mollie Tebbitts.  Cristian Bahena Rivera, presumed to be a citizen of Mexico, was charged on August 21 with her murder. How many more innocent American families will suffer the anguish of losing a precious family member because of our dangerous sanctuary policies?
 
Currently there are 137 illegal aliens JUST in the Oregon State Penitentiary serving time for homicide.  That means that 137 families will be separated forever because Oregon is a sanctuary state that protects illegal alien criminals.  There is a significant cost to taxpayers, as well.  Josh Marquis, the recently retired Clatsop County District attorney estimates that each murder trial in Oregon costs about $ 1 million dollars to prosecute.  That means Oregon taxpayers are out $137 million just for court costs plus millions more for the incarceration of individuals who had no right to be here in the first place.
 
We must Vote YES on Measure 105 and end the insanity of Oregon’s sanctuary law.

Read the full article.
 

Congressmen Bat Down MALDEF

WASHINGTON – Last Friday, three Congressmen � Congressman Steve King of IIowa, and Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul A. Gosar, both of Arizona – filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, which is hearing a case brought by Texas and seven other states and two governors to have the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program declared unconstitutional. The Congressmen are represented in this effort by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), which drafted the brief.

At issue is a motion to dismiss the case made by a group of Mexican nationals and others represented by the Mexican-American Education & Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), an open-borders activist group. MALDEF’s clients were allowed to intervene in the case because the defendants, the United States and federal officials, agree with the plaintiffs that DACA is unconstitutional.

Now MALDEF claims the case should not go forward at all. Its main argument is that federal district courts in other parts of the country have blocked the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA, and thus DACA cannot be struck down by the court in this case. As IRLI points out in its brief, however, whether DACA can be rescinded is a separate question from whether it was unconstitutional to begin with.  If it were unconstitutional to begin with, blocking its rescission would not reinstate it, but rather reinstate the last lawful state of affairs � that is, the situation pre-DACA.>

“It’s clear why MALDEF, with its open-borders agenda, wants this suit to go away,” commented Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “A victory here for Texas probably would be upheld by the Supreme Court, and DACA would be no more, rescission or no rescission. To try to stop that they’ll make any argument, even the mind-bending claim that, because a ruling by this court that DACA has never been lawful would change the effect of other courts’ rescission rulings, this court can’t take that step.”

The case is being heard by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen. In 2015, Judge Hanen struck down the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program, which would have granted amnesty to 4 million illegal aliens and included an expanded version of DACA. Both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and (in a 4-4 ruling) the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Judge Hanen’s DAPA decision.

The case is Texas v. United States, No. 1:18-cv-0068 (S.D. Tex.).

For additional information, contact: Brian Lonergan � 202-232-5590 � blonergan@irli.org

Illegal Immigrants Arrested In Oregon County’s Biggest-Ever Meth Bust

Two men who were arrested earlier this month for transporting more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine through Oregon are Mexican nationals living in the U.S. illegally, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.

Israel Mercado Mendoza of Creswell, Ore., and Rigoberto Morfin Pedroza of Los Angeles were arrested March 17 following a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in Douglas County, Ore. During the stop, a police dog signaled the presence of drugs in the car. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 74 pounds of meth, the largest seizure in county history, according to the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team.

Mercado Mendoza and Morfin Pedroza are illegal immigrants, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. They were taken into custody and detained at the Douglas County Jail, where federal authorities placed immigration detention requests for both men.

“On March 19, ICE lodged detainers on Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, both citizens of Mexico illegally in the U.S...

Cross obtained the men’s immigration status as a part of his research into Oregon illegal aliens’ criminal activity...

Cross’ research has shown the vast majority of criminal aliens in Oregon’s prison system are serving time for what the FBI defines as violent crimes — murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — or sex crimes under the Oregon criminal code.

Of the 975 Oregon DOC inmates with active ICE detainers as of February, 744 have been convicted of those violent crimes or sex offenses..

Oregon is one of the nation’s most active states when it comes to limiting cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. It has had a sanctuary state law on the books since 1987....

(RELATED: Forget California, Oregon Is The Foremost ‘Sanctuary State’ In The US)

State officials have been particularly fastidious about refusing to honor ICE detainers. In 2014, a U.S. magistrate judge found Clackamas County, Ore. violated an illegal immigrant Maria Miranda-Olivares’s Fourth Amendment rights when it held her on an ICE detainer after she was eligible for bail. To avoid further civil lawsuits, the Oregon Sheriffs Association recommended jail officials stop responding to immigration detention requests unless they are backed by a federal arrest warrant.

Mercado Mendoza and Morfin Pedroza were charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. If sold by the pound, local street value of the drugs found in their car would be roughly $370,000, according to DINT detectives.

Suspect accused of sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl was deported 16 years ago

 

Santiago Martinez-Flores - Photo from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office{ }

A man who was deported to Mexico 16 years ago has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Oregon girl while she slept in her bedroom last year.

The girl's mother told KATU News her 9-year-old and 5-year-old daughters were asleep on the night of Feb. 26 at the Clackamas Trails Apartments when a stranger broke into their bedroom through a window.

After being pinned down by the stranger, the girl managed to escape and run to her mom's room. When they realized what happened, the girl's dad took his gun and went into the bedroom, but the suspect had already escaped through the window.

Deputies were able to find the suspect's fingerprints, the mom told KATU. The little girl was able to recall what her attacker looked like, and helped deputies create a sketch of what he looked like.

Santiago Martinez-Flores, 48, was quickly identified as the suspect in the attack. He was arrested about two months after the attack at the California and Mexico border, about 15 miles from San Diego.

READ MORE: Suspect accused of sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl was deported 16 years ago

Martinez-Flores was charged with unlawful sexual penetration, sex abuse, attempted rape and burglary. He was found guilty Friday, and will be sentenced Monday.

Martinez-Flores has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to 1994. He was deported to Mexico in 2001 after serving two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

 

Trump’s Draft Amnesty: Unlimited, Forever, and Before a Wall Is Built

A near-final draft of the White House’s unlimited and forever amnesty bill says the administration wants $25 billion for a wall over the next five years, and will not cancel chain-migration or visa-lottery inflows until the last of the 4 million foreigners now in the pipeline have arrived in the 2030s.

The amnesty is dubbed the Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United Reform Effort Act, or SECURE Act. It is based on the SUCCEED Act developed by Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. James Lankford, and it offers amnesty to an unlimited number of people, without any ending date.

Overall, the amnesty bill implements the desire of American business for a huge, managed supply of young, compliant, non-criminal workers, who also double as consumers. That is very different from progressives’ desire to welcome poor ‘dreamer’ migrants from developing countries, regardless of costs...

The 250-page draft received by Breitbart News matches the one-page description released this week by White House officials.

The Trump amnesty bill requires $25 billion be set aside from 2018 to 2021 for “tactical infrastructure,” which is a code-word for a wall....

In fact, Democrats who say they will vote for the amnesty and wall also suggest they will try to block subsequent construction of the wall...

The bill technically ends the visa lottery and chain-migration programs which allow diverse immigrants to bring in their extended-family clans of siblings, parents and older children. But the end is delayed until all 4 million people in the pipeline — such as the elderly parents and devout siblings of visa-lottery winners from Pakistan — settle in the United States. The pipeline also includes hundreds of thousands of white-collar professionals.

By welcoming everyone in the pipeline, the bill does not give working Americans even partial relief from the salary impact of mass immigration for 15 years or more...

The amnesty section requires Americans to grant the hugely valuable gift of citizenship to nearly all current illegals who have documents saying they are younger than 37...

The legislation directs the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to operate the amnesty and includes some measures to help screen out fraudulent applicants for the amnesty.

For example, the bill includes a grant of $400 million for a formal bureaucratic process...

But the bill sets no upper limit on Trump’s amnesty, and it does not provide any incentives for officials to fight fraud or minimize the scale...

That lack of any upper limit means the political appointee who runs the DHS  will have the power to exceed the reported estimate of 1.8 million illegals by simply directing officials to accept more applications...

The cost of the amnesty is not mentioned in the legislation, although the Congressional Budget Office optimistically estimated that a similar DREAM Act amnesty for 2 million illegals would cost taxpayers $26 billion in just the first ten years. The costs would be high because very few of the illegals have college degrees, many do not speak English, and so cannot earn enough to pay more taxes than they receive in benefits....

The existing population of illegals in the United States is estimated at 12 million, but it may be higher, and it is growing every day as migrants head north in the hope of buying documents and applying for the amnesty...

Moreover, the bill handcuffs DHS agents from deporting any younger illegals until the illegals file for the amnesty. That provision means the DHS agents cannot deport young illegals — even if they have just climbed over the border fence — until the DHS secretary can start accepting applications.

But the business community will have little reason to defend Trump, partly because they have gotten their double-shot of tax cuts and cheap labor. In fact, the legislation does not sunset the amnesty, meaning it can be quietly expanded with a few legal tweaks that can be attached to any of the myriad obscure bills annually passed by Congress.

In 1986, Congress expected that 400,000 farm workers would apply for green cards –but officials eventually handed out 1 million green cards. If the same pattern applies to the estimated 1.8 million recipients, Trump’s amnesty will be given to 4.5 million illegals — or more than one year of births in the United States.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates the current resident population of ‘dreamer’ illegals to be 3.25 million — not counting younger, more recent child-illegals who will age in and drive the total closer to 4.5 million.

That bigger-than-expected total would be a disaster for the GOP but a boon for business because it will head off the labor shortages which allow Americans to get higher wages....

The legislation says illegals must meet several tests, such as steady work and validated education levels. But the education standards are extremely low, suggesting that nearly all illegals will meet the test...

Illegals will be allowed to become citizens after 12 years, giving Democrats a huge electoral boost in the 2030s when nearly all of today’s GOP legislators have retired...

Even without citizenship, the population of several million legalized illegals will provide an immediate gain for Democratic Party, partly because they will be counted in the 2020 census and will shift a few more House seats from GOP-dominated areas into Democratic-dominated areas....

The draft amnesty will also serve as complete proof in November that Trump’s voters’ wrongly placed their trust in his August 2016 promise to block any amnesty:

He said:

For those here illegally today who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined today …

It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us …

Anyone who tells you the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in Washington.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants (including roughly 750,000 working-age migrants), by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

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The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor....

Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.

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Border patrol agents arrest Marion County man convicted of rape, assault

A man convicted of rape and assault in Marion County was arrested in Arizona by Border Patrol agents Sunday.

Agents patrolling the border near Lukeville, Arizona, arrested five men on suspicion of being in the United States illegally, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

Among them was 31-year-old Pascual Nava-Gutierrez, a former resident of Donald, Oregon.

While conducting a background check, agents discovered Nava-Gutierrez was convicted of third-degree rape and fourth-degree assault in 2012 before being deported to Mexico.

According to court records, Nava-Gutierrez was convicted of DUI and reckless endangerment in 2008. While he was still on probation in 2010, a Marion County grand jury indicted him on charges of third-degree rape, fourth-degree assault and harassment and issued a warrant for his arrest.

He was taken into custody two years later on new assault charges. After pleading guilty to rape and two counts of assault, Nava-Gutierrez was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years probation, batterer intervention treatment and ordered to register as a sex offender.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold was placed on him while he was incarcerated at Marion County jail.

Border patrol officials said Nava-Gutierrez will remain in custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry as an aggravated felon. Information was not available on when Nava-Gutierrez had previously been deported, but agents said it was most likely after his release from Marion County Jail.

Officials said all people apprehended by border patrol agents undergo criminal history checks using biometrics like fingerprint analysis to identify those crossing the border illegally who have criminal histories.

In the fiscal year 2017, U.S. Border Patrol arrested almost 8,000 convicted criminals crossing the border illegally. Of those, 2,675 had outstanding warrants for their arrests.

Ajo Agents Arrest Illegal Alien Convicted of Rape and Assault

TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station arrested a Mexican man Sunday morning with a conviction for rape and assault in Marion County, Oregon in 2012.

Agents patrolling in Lukeville, Arizona, arrested five men illegally present in the United States. During processing, agents conducted a records check on 31-year-old Pascual Nava-Gutierrez, which revealed his earlier conviction of rape in the 3rd degree and assault in the 4th degree.

Nava will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of an aggravated felon.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
 

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report November 2017

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on November 1, 2017 that 137 of the 978 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter), 14.01 percent of the criminal alien prison population.

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on November 1st in the state’s prisons for homicidal crimes.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers for Homicidal Crimes

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers for Homicidal Crimes

November 1, 2017

978

137

14.01%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 17.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates incarcerated on November 1st that were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties for homicidal crimes.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for Homicidal Crimes

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for Homicidal Crimes

Multnomah

39

28.47%

Marion

22

16.06%

Washington

22

16.06%

Umatilla

10

7.30%

Clackamas

7

5.11%

Jackson

6

4.38%

Lane

5

3.65%

Klamath

3

2.19%

Linn

3

2.19%

Yamhill

3

2.19%

Benton

2

1.46%

Josephine

2

1.46%

Lincoln

2

1.46%

Polk

2

1.46%

Clatsop

1

0.73%

Coos

1

0.73%

Douglas

1

0.73%

Gilliam

1

0.73%

Hood River

1

0.73%

Jefferson

1

0.73%

Malheur

1

0.73%

OOS (Not a County)

1

0.73%

Tillamook

1

0.73%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Deschutes

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Morrow

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wasco

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

137

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 17.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 137 criminal alien inmates by number and percentage incarcerated on November 1st in the state’s prisons for homicidal crimes.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for Homicidal Crimes

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for Homicidal Crimes

 

Mexico

107

78.10%

 

Cuba

4

2.92%

 

Canada

3

2.19%

 

Vietnam

3

2.19%

 

Cambodia

2

1.46%

 

El Salvador

2

1.46%

 

Guatemala

2

1.46%

 

Laos

2

1.46%

 

South Korea

2

1.46%

 

China

1

0.73%

 

Costa Rica

1

0.73%

 

Japan

1

0.73%

 

Mariana Islands

1

0.73%

 

Marshall Islands

1

0.73%

 

Nicaragua

1

0.73%

 

Nigeria

1

0.73%

 

Peru

1

0.73%

 

South Africa

1

0.73%

 

Turkey

1

0.73%

 

Total

137

100.00%

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 November 17.

Criminal aliens from 19 different countries have committed homicidal violence against residents in the state of Oregon.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. This report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com or at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/

https://docfnc.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/oregon-department-of-corrections-foreign-national-homicide-report-november-2017/

Suspect in Marion County deputy's death arrested in Mexico, after being mistakenly released

Ten years after a deputy died in a head-on collision, the suspect who fled homicide charges has been arrested in Mexico — ten months after mistakenly getting released by Mexican officials.

Alfredo de Jesus Ascencio, 29, was arrested in the Mexican state of Michoacan on an arrest warrant for the death of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg and Oscar Ascencio Amaya, 19, according to Oregon State Police.

He was initially arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla on January 20 where he was transported to the state of Baja California. Mexican officials accidentally released him just a month later in February. His arrest warrant remained valid and active while he was at-large.

Oregon State Police officials learned he was arrested in Michoacan on Thursday, Dec. 21.

On June 16, 2007, Fredinburg was traveling southbound on Highway 99-E while pursuing an emergency call when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by De Jesus Ascencio.

Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. He had been with the Marion County Sheriff's Office since August of 2006 after working six years in the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died.

Amaya, de Jesus Ascencio's passenger, was transported to a Portland-area hospital. He died from his injuries.

More: Crash witness haunted by last moments of deputy's life

Oregon State Police investigated the crash and presented its finding to the Marion County Grand Jury on August 3, 2007. De Jesus Ascencio was indicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide.

Before court officials could arraign him on charges, De Jesus Ascencio fled to Mexico. Investigators believe he fled the United States to avoid prosecution.

Limitations in the extradition treaty prevented De Jesus Ascencio from being returned to the United States, but Oregon prosecutors sought an Article 4 prosecution in 2010 to allow the Mexican judicial system to prosecute him instead.

The paperwork was translated into Spanish and the case was given to Mexican federal judge for review. In 2011, the judge approved the Article 4 paperwork and warrant was issued for De Jesus Ascencio's arrest.

Since learning of his accidental release earlier this year, Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office have been working jointly with the FBI, the U.S. Embassy, Interpol, and the Mexican Attorney General's Office in a joint effort to locate De Jesus Ascencio.

Oregon State Police did not provide additional details.

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