Man accused of shooting family appears in Montana court

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Couple Murdered in Front of Their Daughter After They Stopped to Help a Stranded Motorist: Police.

The man accused of killing two Good Samaritans who tried to help him on a Montana roadside was encountered by immigration authorities earlier this year after a burglary arrest, but was unable to be deported because he had already gotten legal status, federal authorities said this week. Three members of a large Native American family living in the tiny town of Pryor, Montana, were shot, and two killed, while attempting to help what they thought was a motorist stranded on the Crow Reservation. The horrific killing has drawn attention at a time when crimes committed by immigrants are a hot political topic, thanks in part to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that Mexican society sends bad elements to the U.S. Jesus Deniz, 18, allegedly admitted to killing Jason and Tana Shane, 51 and 47, and shooting their 26-year-old daughter Jorah in the back alongside a road near Pryor, Montana, before taking off in their car, the Associated Press reports. “Deniz told the interviewing agents that he shot the victims because he was getting tired of waiting, and because the daughter had laughed at him,” an FBI agent said in a U.S.

Authorities charged 18-year-old Jesus Yeizon Deniz (also known as Jesus Yeizon Deniz Mendoza) with two counts of murder in federal court after Jorah Shane identified him from a photo. When they approached his vehicle, Deniz “pointed a gun at them, and told them to get out of their car.” Jorah said her mother told her to run as shots rang out.

He was arraigned July 2 in Washakie County on a marijuana possession charge and four days later on a felony burglary charge, according to chief court clerk Christy Schneider. Bail was originally set at $10,000 for the burglary charge and $5,000 for the possession charge, but that was amended to two signature bonds July 16, Schneider said. Deniz is Mexican, and the Obama administration deems him a legal permanent resident who entered the country legally on May 31, 2013 — though they didn’t say how he earned that status initially. He told the family to give him their money, but the family said they had only change because they recently returned from a religious revival in Window Rock, Arizona.

His comments have been challenged by Hispanic-rights activists who said they were offensive and incorrect, pointing to statistics that immigrants generally have lower crime rates than native-born Americans. Terrified the shooter would return, Jorah got behind the wheel of the car that had responded to her calls for help and drove to her sister’s home, a short distance away, and she was taken to the hospital. “Both my brother and sister-in-law have big hearts,” Jorah’s aunt Ada Shane told the AP, about why the couple went to help Deniz. “They’re always helping someone else.” The Shanes leave behind five daughters and two sons, the Billings Gazette reported. But a spate of recent high-profile murders with illegal immigrants as the chief suspects has sharpened the debate, and put a focus on American immigration policy — partly because the suspects have often had previous run-ins with immigration authorities. Deniz met his requirement to check in with the sheriff’s office daily until Wednesday, the day of the Montana shooting. “There was nothing at all to point to this kid doing anything like this,” Worrall said, referring to the shooting. “Based on the information at hand, when Mr. If he is convicted for a criminal offense that allows him to be removed from the country, after the completion of sentence, ICE intends to take him into custody and pursue his removal from the United States.”

Palmer, the FBI spokesman, declined to identify Jorah Shane as the wounded person, saying the FBI does not provide information about potential witnesses.

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