An illegal alien, who charged with running a red light in Illinois in June and killing 39-year-old Corey Cottrell, was freed from ICE custody a month before the victim’s family was not informed.
Jose Rodriguez, a 27-year-old illegal alien from Honduras, struck and killed Corey, a father of two, who was riding his motorcycle at the time to visit his mother Kathy, Breitbart News reported.
Rodriguez fled the scene of the accident and turned himself in the following day, police said.
So far, he has only been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident with a death involved, speeding, and running a red light.
Bail for Rodriguez was originally set at $1 million. However, McLean County Judge Scott Drazewski lowered Rodriguez’s bail to $100,000, allowing him to be freed by paying only a small portion of that price.
Six years ago, Rodriguez was ordered to be deported but he never left the United States. Moreover, the sanctuary state of Illinois issued a driver’s license to Rodriguez, according to the report.
So although Rodriguez was picked up by ICE agents after being released from prison, he was able to appeal his deportation order from six years ago. Later, federal immigration Judge Samuel Cole allowed him to be freed without any GPS monitoring on Nov. 15.
But the victim’s family was not told that Rodriguez had been released until almost a month later.
Judge Cole was appointed to his position in August 2016 by former President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Breitbart News reported.
The legal system was compounding the grief of Corey’s family, his mother’s friend, Cheryl Wendland said.
“Rodriguez is out and my best friend can’t even celebrate Christmas this year because she is so broken,” Wendland said. “Corey’s death has been completely eradicated from this whole case. It’s all about the illegal alien and not about that this man’s death was completely avoidable.”
“The absolute lack of justice is what frustrates me the most,” Wendland added.
Corey leaves behind his mother Kathy, his two daughters, ages 11 and 14, his sister, his grandmother, as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins.
A bench trial in the criminal case has been set for January 2020.