A man is dead. Alexander Temaj-Castanon is dead. He is dead because of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (U.S. ICE) has failed to do its job. But ICE did help arrest, again, the murderer, Davie Jimmy “Loco” Mejia-Sensente, who is an illegal alien. Again because ICE had the murderer in custody, but decided to release him because, despite the fact that he was a member of a gang, was considered to be non-violent.
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted DAVIE JIMMY MEJIA-SENSENTE (a/k/a “Crazy,” a/k/a “Loco”), 26, of Daly City; CARLOS MEJIA-QUINTANILLA (a/k/a “Wilfredo Oliva-Castro,” a/k/a “Sleepy,” a/k/a “Dormido”), 21, of San Francisco; and LUIS AMILAR-ZANAS (a/k/a “Luis Sana,” a/k/a “Trucha,” a/k/a “Yomo”), 32, of San Francisco, on May 3, 2011 with conspiracy to commit murder, and murder, in aid of racketeering activity, carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and thereby causing death, as well as aiding and abetting, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden announced.
According to the indictment, Mr. Mejia-Sensente, Mr. Mejia-Quintanilla, and Mr. Amilar-Zanas were members of La Mara Salvatrucha, or “MS-13,” a transnational criminal organization operating in various Central American countries and in numerous states across the United States. According to the indictment, MS-13 operates as a racketeering enterprise engaged in crimes that include murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and obstruction of justice. All three defendants are alleged to have conspired to kill actual and suspected members of other gangs, as well as persons suspected of cooperating with law enforcement.According to the indictment, the three defendants used a firearm to kill a victim, identified as A. T.-C., on or about June 21, 2010, for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing their positions in the MS-13 gang. The indictment alleges that MS-13 members were required to commit acts of violence even against those who were only perceived to be rival gang members. According to the indictment, such acts of violence increase the level of respect accorded to a member of the gang.
The indictment alleges that MS-13 is a street gang affiliated with so-called Surenos (or Southerners), who generally include gang members born outside the United States, who claim Southern California as their base, and who acknowledge the primacy of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. The indictment alleges that the principal rivals of MS-13 in the San Francisco Bay Area are the Nortenos (or Northerners), who generally encompass gang members born in the United States, who claim Northern California as their base, and who acknowledge the primacy of the Nuestra Familia prison gang. According to the indictment, one of the principal rules of MS-13 is that its members “hunt” – that is, attack and kill – Nortenos and other rivals whenever possible.
The indictment specifically alleges that all three defendants conspired to kill actual and suspected members of other gangs.
The victim was a Daly City man who was shot after getting off a Muni bus on Mission Street near his home in Daly City. He was found on the 6200 block of Mission Street at approximately 12:24 a.m. on June 21, 2010, by officers investigating reports of shots fired. The victim, who had been shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. Mejia-Sensente is currently in custody on a pending charge of being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition. His next scheduled appearance in that case is on May 11, 2011 in federal court in San Francisco.Mr. Mejia-Quintanilla is in state custody in San Mateo County on charges stemming from the same incident.
Mr. Amilar-Zanas is in custody in federal court in the Eastern District of New York on a charge of illegal reentry following deportation.
The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5) is ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory penalty for murder in aid of racketeering activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(1) is death or life imprisonment with a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A), is a mandatory consecutive prison term of five years to life in prison (or seven years to life in prison if the firearm is brandished; or ten years to life in prison if the firearm is discharged), and a fine of $250,000. In the case of a second conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A), there is a mandatory consecutive term of prison of 25 years to life in prison. The maximum statutory penalty for causing death in the commission of a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) is, if the death constitutes murder as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1111, death or up to life in prison with a $250,000 fine. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
The prosecution is the result of 10 months’ investigation by the Daly City Police and ICE HSI.
Here is the real story about "Loco:"
It would seem San Francisco doesn’t need to bother declaring itself a sanctuary city anymore. If an alleged MS-13 gangbanger who is also an illegal immigrant from El Salvador is arrested on felony charges in the Bay Area and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, as federal law requires, the agency might just let him go.
At first, the deportee would have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet tracking his whereabouts. But soon enough, the ankle bracelet would be removed and he would only be required to personally check in with ICE agents on a regular schedule.
That is apparently what happened with Davie Jimmy “Loco” Mejia-Sensente, 27, of Daly City, who was indicted May 5 in connection with the June 2010 murder of a Daly City restaurant worker who police say might merely have been mistaken for a rival gang member.An ICE spokeswoman said Mejia-Sensente was given “supervised release” because he had no prior convictions, and the decision was “based upon a thorough review of his case.”
The killing happened only 12 days after the ICE took off Mejia-Sensente’s ankle bracelet. On the evening of June 21, 2010, Alexander Temaj-Castanon, a 26-year-old cook at Baby Blues Barbecue on Mission Street, was shot in the head as he got off a Muni bus at Mission Street and San Jose Avenue, coming home from his job.
Mejia-Sensente’s first local arrest was May 7, 2009, when the San Francisco gang task force and Daly City police raided his apartment. Officers reported finding a handgun, bullets, marijuana, cocaine and MS-13 drawings. Police described Mejia-Sensente as having “numerous” MS-13 tattoos and said they knew from “prior contacts” that he was a gang member.
What happened next boggles the mind. San Mateo County prosecutors decided they didn’t have sufficient evidence to file a drug charge. Mejia-Sensente was transferred to the ICE for deportation. But the federal agency just put him back on the street pending the outcome of his still-unresolved immigration case.
Mejia-Sensente and a San Francisco man were actually arrested Sept. 10 in connection with the bus-stop murder. But San Mateo County prosecutors again refused to file charges, this time citing a need for further investigation.
The ICE took custody of Mejia-Sensente a second time Sept. 17. Four days later, federal prosecutors followed up the May 2009 raid, charging him with illegal possession of ammunition. This time, the feds fought down his bail requests, describing Mejia-Sensente as a member of “a notoriously dangerous street gang” implicated in multiple acts of violence, and thus a flight risk and a danger to the community.
Finally, on May 5 federal prosecutors indicted Mejia-Sensente and two other men for the seemingly pointless mistaken-identity murder of a Daly City restaurant worker. And, quite possibly, this murder would not have happened if the ICE had deported Mejia-Sensente the first time it had him — the way it was supposed to.
Again, it is clear that ICE had no intention of deporting "Loco" from the start. He appears to have been getting the DREAM Act Administrative Amnesty since he is under age 35. Early release and employment authorization. He even had his ankle monitor removed. It is clear that ICE, especially the San Francisco office, is not serious about illegal alien criminals. Remember, gangmembers are supposed to be one of ICE's priorities. Obviously not. Releasing illegal aliens seems to be ICE's priority.
Interestingly, the article states that "Loco" has a "still unresolved immigration case," which is code language for an unddoubtedly fraudulent application. It is most likely part of a group of applicants that the Obama Regime wants approved, but the aliens in question do not qualify for the particular benefit in question. Probably some an old asylum application by a relative orginating in the Salvadoran Civil War that ended 15 years ago.
Give the useless Shane Folden a call. Even though HSI does not make custody decisions, another branch of ICE does, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). However, if HSI did not want him released, he would not have been released. However, ICE is in on the amnesty, hook, line and sinker. So give Folden a call at:
630 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Main (510) 267-3800
Fax (510) 267-3870
Also give the Field Office Director for ICE ERO a call at:
630 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 844-5512
It is most likely that he issued instructions that criminals such as "Loco" were to be released wholesale. Otherwise he should be terminating the Deportation Officer responsible for releasing "Loco" since his affiliation with the violent MS-13 gang was tattooed on his body.