Possible illegal alien faces life in prison
A Medford man convicted Tuesday of murder likely will not be deported for decades amid new allegations of being an illegal alien.
Luis Alberto Salas-Juarez, 23, faces life in prison for the Aug. 13 stabbing of 23-year-old Mark Edwin Lunsford of Butte Falls. Salas is set to hear his sentence today in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Prosecutor David Hoppe said he planned to argue for Oregon's mandatory penalty — life in prison with a minimum of 25 years before parole eligibility — despite a charge of illegally being in the country lodged Wednesday against Salas.
"I'm going to ask that it have no bearing on his sentencing," said Hoppe, a deputy district attorney for Jackson County. "It wasn't an issue at the trial."
If it wasn't an issue during trial then you weren't doing your job. His complete criminal background should have been covered. And if you are interested in preventing more murders then maybe you should have gotten up on your soapbox and condemned this administration for continuing to allow killers to waltz into this country, condemned our DMV for giving them drivers licenses, condemned Bank of America for giving them credit cards and condemned our state legislature for not cracking down on criminals because it wouldn't be "multicultural" enough.