A 27-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras accused of killing dad of two, Corey Cottrell, is now being held on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty following a deadly hit-and-run in the sanctuary state of Illinois.
On June 22, Jose Rodriguez was accused of running a red light in Bloomington, Illinois, causing him to hit and kill 39-year-old Corey Cottrell, who was riding his motorcycle at the time and was on his way to see his mother, Kathy.
According to prosecutors, Rodriguez fled the scene of the crash after hitting Cottrell. The illegal immigrant turned himself into law enforcement officials the following day and has since been charged with causing a deadly hit-and-run and driving without a license.
On Friday, Rodriguez pleaded not guilty in court to causing the deadly hit-and-run and was given a $1 million bail in response by McClain County, Illinois, Judge Bill Yoder. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were nearby ready to bring Rodriguez into custody if released.
The Cottrell family was worried weeks ago when they found out that the illegal immigrant had been released from prison on a $10,000 bail, Breitbart reported. Family friend Cheryl Wendland said they were concerned that Rodriguez may attempt to flee the United States.
Instead, Wendland said Rodriguez being back in custody was the greatest news they could have received.
“We got to go tell his mother that we have such beautiful news that the man who killed your son is back in custody. That was glorious,” Wendland said.
Wendland added: “We may be living in Illinois, but maybe they’re taking care of us in McClain County. Someone listened to us and realized how wrong this was.”
Rodriguez’s attorney Chris Gramm said that his client had undergone an “ambush” in court because of his bond increasing to $1 million and ICE agents showing up ready to take him into custody, according to Pantagraph.
Cottrell left behind his 11-year-old and 14-year-old daughters, Karina and Alexandra, his mother, Kathy, his grandmother, Virginia as well as his sister Shanna, and other relatives and friends.