02 September 2010
Officials say documents never arrived to stop suspect’s release

The News Virginian

VERONA - Officials at Middle River Regional Jail recently received two requests in as many weeks from federal immigration authorities to detain David Luna Sanchez, including one following his beating of a Waynesboro man.

But the documents arrived 20 months late, more than a year after the Verona lockup released Sanchez, now a suspect in the killing of the man he previously attacked, jail officials said Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Cori Bassett told The News Virginian that agency records showed ICE sent three detainer requests to Middle River in January 2009 following the beating of Eduardo “Piku” Herrera the previous month at North Commerce Avenue in Waynesboro.

The agency faxed the documents directly to the Verona jail from an ICE field office in Harrisonburg after a local newspaper reported the beating. Two suspects in that case – Isaias Rojas, 23, and Jose Antonio Sanchez-Aregin, 21 – wound up being deported. But David Sanchez, 21, remained here, walking free on local streets last summer.

Middle River Regional Jail Assistant Superintendent Vernon Reynolds said detainer requests for Rojas and Sanchez-Aregin arrived in January and February. But Reynolds said the jail never received a request for David Sanchez until recently, almost two months after police say Sanchez stabbed Herrera to death in a Waynesboro alley.

“I can tell you, unequivocally, we never had any paperwork from anybody until it was hand-delivered here on Aug. 20,” Reynolds said. “And I can prove we didn’t get it.”

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