Sanctuary Jurisdiction Blamed for Grisly Murder
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Now, Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega, 20, is charged with murdering and dismembering 16-year-old Juan Carlos Con Guzman.
Authorities say Iraheta-Vega had an accomplice, Rudy Osvaldo Garcia-Hernandez, 28.
According to the Seattle Times:
Prosecutors allege the men lured Juan Carlos Con Guzman, a student at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, from his home to fight on Sept. 10, then drove to a remote location near the river "with a plan to torture and kill him," according to charges.
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mary Barbosa wrote in the charges that the suspects beat Con Guzman with a baseball bat before hitting him repeatedly with a machete and dismembering him. "The extraordinary brutality of this crime demonstrates the threat the defendants pose to the community," she wrote.
Detectives with the King County Sheriff's Office said the suspects have claimed to be members of the transnational gang MS-13, or La Mara Salvatrucha, which was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s by refugees from El Salvador and has been linked to slayings in certain parts of the U.S.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has used the case, as well as recent violent crimes in Bellevue and Seattle, to criticize King County officials for their policy to not abide by ICE detainers without a judicial warrant, as ICE said Iraheta-Vega is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador.
Before the murder, local law enforcement arrested Iraheta-Vega twice for driving under the influence. He was released from jail both times before ICE could apprehend him.