Sunday, July 21, 2024

Illegal Alien Guilty of Sadistic Crime Sentenced in Texas

A 27-year-old illegal alien who invaded multiple homes in the South Texas area and carried out callous acts of violence will serve 29 years in a federal prison. 

U.S. Circuit Judge Gregg Costa handed down the sentence this week in Houston at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

This, according to a statement that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers published Thursday. 

The illegal immigrant in question, Denis Matute, pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in November of last year. 

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“In handing down the sentence, the court noted the sadistic method Matute used toward the victim of one of the home invasions and that this case was much more than just brandishing a firearm,” according to ICE.

“Matute was part of a robbery crew that was involved in several crimes, to include two violent robberies during which they brandished firearms. One occurred at the A1 Flea Market in Houston. There, the crew handcuffed a security guard and proceeded to kick him while down. They then robbed two separate booths and pointed guns at multiple individuals. During the hearing, the judge commented on how Matute and his crew carjacked an individual at gunpoint while in route to the robbery.”

Costa, appointed by former President Barack Obama, handed Matute a 108-month term of imprisonment for the two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and 120 months for each of the two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence with each sentence to be served consecutively to each other.

Matute was also convicted for his role in robbing a pawn shop in 2017. During that robbery, the crew pointed guns at employees’ heads before breaking the glass and stealing multiple items, including expensive Rolex watches.

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Matute will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility, the location of which is still undetermined, ICE officials said.

Following his prison term, Matute is expected to face removal proceedings.

As reported this week, most of the Republican voter base wants a border wall, no illegal immigration, and less legal immigration. A recent Gallup poll found that nearly 70 percent of Republican voters want less immigration to the United States, and about half of Republicans view immigration as a bad thing. A recent Rasmussen survey reported that over 50 percent of Republicans want current legal immigration levels cut in half.

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