Drunk Driver Who Killed Indianapolis Colts’ Edwin Jackson Is A Twice-Deported Illegal Immigrant

Posted On : 02/13/2018

On Monday, NFL linebacker Edwin Jackson was laid to rest at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta. The unexpected and senseless death of the 26-year-old Indianapolis Colts player came at the hands of Manuel Orrego-Savala. Not only does the alleged killer have a lengthy criminal record, he was in the country illegally. The question looming in the heads of loved ones and authorities alike is why was Orrego-Savala still here?

Donald Trump wasted no time turning the tragedy into kindle for his inflammatory rhetoric about immigration and building the wall. His comments were shunned by many including the Indiana prosecutor assigned to Orrego-Savala’s case.

“So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson,” Trump tweeted on Feb. 6. “This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration FAST!”

While Trump’s comments were deemed repulsively opportunistic, the accused had already been deported from the United States in 2007 and again in 2009. Orrego-Savala is a Guatemalan citizen who was previously convicted in California for drunken-driving. His blood alcohol level was reportedly at .15 following his alleged hit-and-run with Jackson and his ride-share driver Jeffrey Monroe.

But Orrego-Savala was pulled over last March for running a stop sign and gave police a Mexican ID card. He assumed an alias of Alex Cabrera Gonsales to elude authorities and his fingerprints returned no red flags in state and federal databases. Therefore, Orrego-Savala was able to post bond and go free.

Had it not been for his arrest on Feb. 4, Orrego-Savala would still be free. In this instance, ICE agents contacted police at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after running his prints through their database. Apparently their program returned additional information which helped identify the man and facilitate prosecution.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen believes that ICE must have access to records that state and federal databases do not have. When his office processed Orrego-Savala’s March 2017 arrest, his prints were not tied to any illegal activity or immigrant status. He blames either fractured databases or simple human error.

“Our hands are really tied. (Orrego-Savala’s fingerprints) came back as fine,” Nielsen explained as the reason he could not detain him. “There was no reason to hold him for any reason, shape or form.”

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