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Suspect wanted for 2007 crash that killed Oregon sheriff’s deputy arrested in Mexico

December 26, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect wanted for 2007 crash that killed Oregon sheriff’s deputy arrested in Mexico

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Authorities say a Mexican national who was charged in a 2007 fatal crash that killed an Oregon sheriff’s deputy but was accidentally released 10 months ago has been apprehended in Mexico.

In a statement released Sunday, Oregon State Police officials said they learned that 29-year-old Alfredo de Jesus-Ascencio, 29, had been arrested in Baja California, Mexico.

According to the Statesman-Journal, he was indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide more than a decade ago after a head-on collision that killed 33-year-old Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg and de Jesus-Ascencio’s19-year-old cousin who was in the passenger seat.

De Jesus-Ascencio was seriously injured in the crash but was already discharged from the hospital by the time a judge issued an arrest warrant.

Photos from a 2012 press conference in the season for Alfredo de Jesus Ascencio (KPTV)

He fled to Mexico and finally arrested in January 2017 but was accidentally released a month later due to an administrative error at the Baja California prison facility.

According to the statement, de Jesus-Ascencio was apprehended on Thursday in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.

In 2010, Oregon prosecutors had sought to have prosecuted in Mexico because it was unlikely he would be extradited to the U.S.

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio, booking photo

Fredinburg was responding to an emergency call June 16, 2007, when his patrol car was struck by a Ford Crown Victoria that was traveling in the opposite direction and crossed the center line.

The patrol car caught fire, and Fredinburg became the first Marion County deputy to die in the line of duty.

De Jesus-Ascencio’s passenger — a cousin — died from his injuries at a hospital.

Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office worked jointly to locate de Jesus-Ascencio with the help of the FBI, U.S. Embassy, Interpol and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office.

 

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