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Suspect in Oregon deputy 2007 death arrested in Mexico

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Mexican man who was charged in a crash that killed Oregon sheriff’s deputy in 2007, and then mistakenly released 10 months ago has been arrested again, authorities said.

Oregon State Police said in a statement Sunday that the learned Alfredo de Jesus-Ascencio, 29, were captured in Mexico.

A grand jury had him indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide more than a decade ago after a head-on collision death of his 19-year-old passenger, and a Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg.

De Jesus-Ascencio was critically injured, but outside the hospital by the time a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

He fled to Mexico and was not caught until January 2017. He was accidentally let go, a month later, due to an administrative error at the jail in Baja California.

Oregon State Police said de Jesus-Ascencio was Thursday arrested in the state of Michoacan, a western Mexican state.

Oregon officers of justice in 2010, sought to have the Mexican authorities to prosecute him in their country because it was unlikely that he would be extradited to the US.

Fredinburg, 33, was on his way to an emergency call, June 16, 2007, when his patrol car was struck by a Ford Crown Victoria, which was traveling in the opposite direction and crossed the center line. The patrol car caught fire, and Fredinburg was the first Marion County deputy to die in the line of duty.

The Jesus-Ascencio the passenger — a cousin — died from his injuries in a hospital.

Oregon State Police and Marion County District Attorney’s Office worked together to find the Jesus-Ascencio with the FBI, the AMERICAN Embassy, Interpol and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office.

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