Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says his office will seek the death penalty against an illegal immigrant who allegedly shot and killed a Phoenix man in May. Demetro Acosta-Uribe, 42, is charged with murder in the death of Ivan Santos. Santos was shot to death after he was bound and his head covered in plastic wrap.
Thomas says Acosta-Uribe was deported five times. The first one took place April 29, 1988, and the most recent deportation occurred on May 7, 2004. "The murder case is a textbook example of how wide open borders expose the Valley to violent crime," says Thomas. "It is amazing -- but, sadly, all too common -- that a criminal suspect who had been deported from this country five times was back again committing more crimes."
Two other men were found on the property where Santos' body was found. They were both restrained in the same manner. Neither had been shot, but one of the men would have suffocated had a neighbor not rescued him. Thomas says the case underscores the importance of securing America's borders. "The government's continuing failure to control our borders has made Maricopa County's residents vulnerable to the worst kinds of violence."
September 13, 2007