[“Deport the Criminals First” is a recurring feature on this blog, highlighting crimes committed by illegal immigrants — with a special focus on repeat offenders. I argue that, instead of arresting illegal immigrants who work hard for a living, we should use our limited immigration enforcement resources to target illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country.]
From yesterday’s Muncie Star Press:
Simon Rios was sentenced today to life in prison for raping and killing 10-year-old Alejandra Gutierrez, then leaving her body in a Delaware County gravel pit.
Alejandra was one of five people Rios killed. Four were children; three of those were his own. The backstory is recounted in the blog Missing and Murdered Children:
Alejandra Gutierrez was reported missing on December 8, 2005 after not returning home from school that day. Her mother watched her walk down the street towards her school bus stop at approximately 9:50 a.m. and that is the last time anyone saw her alive except for her alleged murderers. Extensive searches of the area failed to locate Alejandra.
A seemingly unrelated crime was reported to police during the early morning hours of December 13, 2005. Simon Rios a thirty-three-year-old illegal Mexican National called 911 to report that he had murdered his wife and their three children.
When police arrived Rios told them that he and his wife had argued about him doing household chores so he struck her with a pipe on her head, strangled her and then strangled their three children. Police found the four bodies lying on the bed where Simon Rios had positioned them. Simon Rios was arrested and charged with the murder of his family.
While incarcerated in the County Jail, Simon Rios indicated to authorities that he knew where they could find the body of the then missing 10-year-old Alejandra Gutierrez. . . . Rios eventually told authorities that he and seventeen-year-old Juan Rosales dragged Alejandra into his van. Juan Rosales raped Alejandra, and then he raped her. They eventually dumped her body in a remote location in another county. Her body was located based on the information given to authorities by Rios, it was frozen. The Coroner had to wait a few days for Alejandra’s body to thaw out before they could perform the autopsy.
And now, the disgustingly familiar details. Rios is an illegal alien. And this could have been prevented — because this illegal alien had been in the system before. The blog explains that in 2003, he pled guilty to domestic violence:
A police report said officers responded to a battery complaint at 4122 S. Calhoun two days earlier. Casas-Rios told police she was home with Simon Rios when he was drinking and the two argued.
Rios hit Casas-Rios in the head and abdomen, cornered her behind the front door and began to punch her in the head and abdomen, the report said. Officers saw hair stuck to the wall where Casas-Rios was beaten, the report said. Liliana, then 8, saw the fight, police said…
That wasn’t his only contact with the system:
In February 2002 Rios was found guilty of DUI. He received a suspended 90 day sentence, a one year suspended jail sentence and one year of probation requiring successful completion of a counseling program.
Who knows if deportation would have saved Simon Rios’s family? Maybe they would have gone with him. Or maybe they would have stayed here — perhaps to be interviewed by some liberal publication for a human interest feature on the heartbreak of families split up by deporting illegals.
But the rape and murder of Alejandra Gutierrez . . . that damn well could have been prevented.
Rest in peace, Alejandra.