Washington State judge issues slap on the wrist for an illegal alien accused of this horrific crime

This situation has become all too common in Joe Biden’s America.

It’s a result of the confluence of increased criminal activity with an explosion in the number of those who aren’t even legally here.

Now a Washington State judge just gave the kid glove treatment to an illegal alien accused of one horrific crime.

It was a terrible crime that never should have happened.

Now, a 27-year-old Washington State Trooper has been killed and bad public policy allowed it to happen.

Raul Benitez Santana is a 33-year-old illegal alien from Mexico.

He’s been in the United States for at least a decade, even though he has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement.

Santana’s criminal record extends all the way back to 2013 when in May of that year he got pulled over for driving without a license.

He was eventually sentenced to 90 days in prison for having marijuana.

But this was hardly just a one-off incident of bad behavior.

A few months later he was thrown in jail for three months after he never appeared in court for charges of driving without a license.

In 2019 he was charged with domestic violence.

While it would seem that this would be enough strikes for Santana to be forcibly given the metaphorical boot, that wasn’t the case in “sanctuary” designated Snohomish County, within the sanctuary state of Washington.

Thanks to the sanctuary state law enacted by Governor Jay Inslee (D), Santana was never turned over to federal ICE agents.

Leftist policies only helped a repeat criminal

Unfortunately, for friends and family of Washington State Trooper Christopher Gadd, this “bleeding heart” approach to governing proved to be tragic.

That’s because prosecutors say that Santana is responsible for his death.

He’s been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide.

On March 2, Gadd was parked on the shoulder of an interstate in Snohomish County.

Eyewitnesses say that’s when Santana crashed into him, while he was swerving and speeding in his vehicle.

Because of the crash, Gadd died, making his wife a widow and leaving his two-year-old daughter fatherless.

By the time police arrived at the scene of the crash, they found Santana dazed and with bloodshot eyes.

He later admitted to consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana before he got into the car.

In another outrage for the victim’s family, the presiding judge, Richard Okrent, lowered Santana’s bail from $1 million to $100,000.

This happened after Santana’s lawyers argued that the initial bail amount was too high for a vehicular homicide suspect.

The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association voiced outrage at the decision.

State troopers: “Our sense of justice has been profoundly shaken”

In a statement, they said, “The bail amount reassured the community that he would not be a threat to the driving public or our members and would assure he would be available for a fair, speedy trial on the charges against him. However, our sense of justice has been profoundly shaken by the recent decision to reduce his [Benitez-Santana’s] bail.”

WSP Troopers Association President Spike Unruh said, “The decision to lower Mr. Benitez-Santana’s bail sends a concerning message about the worth of a life and the severity of actions that lead to such a tragic outcome.” 

According to jail records, Santana remains in custody on $100,000 bail.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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