Sheriff Gives ICE 16 Minutes Notice Before Releasing Man Who Murdered Woman After Release
Nery Israel Estrada-Margos Was Wanted By ICE When He Killed His Girlfriend
Sonoma County, California – A California county that has declared itself a sanctuary city gave federal immigration officers just 16 minutes notification it released a man that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wanted detained.
Once released, that man ignored a restraining order and then went and killed his girlfriend.
Nery Israel Estrada-Margos confessed to killing his girlfriend, according to authorities.
About two weeks before killing his girlfriend, Veronica Cabrera Ramirez, who was the mother of two girls, Santa Rosa police arrested Estrada-Margos for domestic battery after he allegedly beat Ramirez.
After he was booked for battery, ICE asked the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department to notify them of his release, according to KTVU TV.
Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said his department had alerted ICE they were releasing Estrada-Margos.
“We did notify ICE of his release date and time. Sometimes they pick up, sometimes they don’t,” said Giordano.
ICE released a statement that the sheriff’s department only notified ICE 16 minutes before releasing him and that wasn’t enough time for the federal officials to pick Estrada-Margos up.
According to The Daily Caller, ICE would have needed to travel over 60 miles and it would have taken 90 minutes for ICE officers to travel to Sonoma County.
James Schwab, ICE’s spokesman in San Francisco, gave a detailed account of the time schedule to The Daily Caller.
“Immigration detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes,” Schwab told the Daily Caller.
Schwab told The Daily Caller that the “vast majority” of notifications that ICE receives from Sonoma County in the past six months “have failed to provide sufficient advance notification to pick up these criminals.”