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Illegal alien accused of killing state trooper has bail dramatically cut by judge

A judge dramatically reduced bail for an illegal alien accused of killing a Washington state trooper earlier this year, drawing an angry response from the slain law enforcement officer's family .

Last week, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Richard Okrent reduced bail for Raul Benitez Santana, 32, who was being held in the county jail from $1 million to $100,000. seconds on Fox News that subpoenaed online prison records.

Santana has been behind bars since March for the deaths of WSP Trooper Christopher M. Gadd, a husband of 27 years and a two-year-old daughter who will now have to grow up without her father.

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At approximately 3:00 a.m. on March 2, Gadd was sitting in the driver's seat of his patrol car that was parked in the grass on the shoulder of southbound I-5 in Marysville when the vehicle being hit by Santana who was traveling at excessive speed. . Gadd never had a chance.

Santana, a Mexican citizen who lives “illegally” in the United States seconds to ICE, he was driving an SUV at 112 mph with his lights off when he swerved and drove into the back of Gadd's vehicle which was “totally dented” when he was hit. Witnesses said the SUV was moving “at a very high rate of speed with no lights on.”

Court documents reported by TO ENTER he said Santana braked just before he rammed into the patrol car, slowing to 107 mph on impact. According to the documents, “Gadd's patrol vehicle sustained catastrophic damage to the rear and driver's side.”

Santana admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking before the crash and “gave off an obvious odor of alcohol while speaking,” investigators said.

“I passed a gray SUV at about 100 kilometers an hour, maybe more, with no lights on. It caught me off guard I didn't see it coming. And it passed me on the right, I think it was and then in the distance I could see that it was touching something. But I wasn't sure what it was,” he said witness Ali Asadi

“If he is released, his parents will welcome him home,” Santana's lawyers said in a court filing, arguing that their client could not afford the initial bail amount. “It's not a flight risk.”

“Cammryn Gadd, the soldier's widowed spouse, opposed her husband's killer being back on the streets.

“Reducing bail not only undermines the seriousness of the crime, but also causes more distress and anguish to me, our son and the rest of our family,” Ms Gadd wrote in a letter to judge seconds in the Everett Herald.

Judge Okrent sided with Santana, cutting bail on May 15, a decision that was applauded by his lawyers.

“Mr. Benitez-Santana is a longtime member of our community, and Washington State is undoubtedly her home,” Emily Hancock and Tiffany Mecca wrote in an email. “The court did the right thing when he upheld the laws and policies of the state of Washington and lowered the bond in this case.”

Assistant District Attorney Tobin Darrow said he was “very disappointed in Judge Okrent's decision,” the Everett Herald reported.

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