deported Dominican after serving more than 33 years in jail for murder of couple in 1983

NEW YORK. – The immigration authorities of the United States repatriated the Dominican Republic last week to the Dominican Luis Sánchez, after serving more than 33 years in prison for the murder in 1983 of the couple of James Herón and his wife Puerto Rican Sonia, whose family welcomed as homeless in his home in Brooklyn.

The main witness of the murders, Jamie Herón, son of James and who was 10 years old, rejected that Sanchez was deported, saying that he preferred to be released on parole in the United States, with restrictions of place, because in the Republic Dominican will be in paradise.

Sanchez, fell in love with James’s mother, Petra Fonseca, who had a 30-year difference in age, but according to her grandson, she swallowed the story that Sanchez loved her.

Jamie, said that Sanchez began to create problems in the house, so they asked him to leave and his response was to draw a gun and shoot the couple, killing the man with several bullets, one in the chest and giving him one of the shots in the back of the woman, who remained paraplegic for life dying in 2016 because of trauma from the wound.

Sanchez was imprisoned in several state prisons in New York.

“My dad fell at my feet. It literally almost fell on me, Heron recalled. “When I picked it up, it was when the blood came out.”

The grandmother remained next to Sanchez even after he was convicted of murdering his son-in-law, and married him at a wedding in 1990 at Green Haven jail in Dutchess County.

Heron said he is frightened by his life, even when Sánchez, 66, is still married to his 92-year-old grandmother.

“I am scared, simply because of what he did and his justification for the crimes,” said Heron, in an interview with the tabloid NY Post, referring to Sánchez’s statement before a parole board that shot the couple in defense. own.

“If this guy does something to someone else, I will feel responsible,” said Heron.

He described Sanchez as a double murderer who destroyed his family.

Although Sanchez has served more than 34 years in prison, Herón now seeks justice for Sonia, who was paralyzed by the shooting and died in 2016.

A Colorado coroner ruled that his death was a homicide due to complications from multiple bullet wounds.

Now Heron is pressing the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to file murder charges against Sanchez.

“I am devastated, and I hope the district attorney will accuse him and put him in prison where he belongs,” said Heron.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Sánchez arrived in the Herón family in early 1983, when he was homeless and bankrupt, according to Herón.

He moved to New York after a period as a security guard in Puerto Rico, according to the transcripts of Sanchez’s parole hearing in 2018.

Heron said his grandmother had recently divorced and that he had moved to Brooklyn a few months before meeting Sanchez, 31.

“My grandmother was about 30 years older, and he was a homeless man who had just arrived in the country, and tells him that he loves her, and she bites him,” said Heron.

Sonia, then 35, and James, 27, were furious because Sonia’s mother had allowed a stranger who seemed to do nothing but cause problems in their lives, to be living with the aging

“In a short time, tensions began to build up. He lived there for free, and it was quite obvious what his intentions were, because he was very young and my grandmother was very old, ”said Heron. “He reached the point where my parents called the police for him, because he said he was going to burn the house.”

While his mother was recovering from coma shooting in a Manhattan hospital, Heron was sent to Florida to live with Sonia’s brother. A year later, he returned to face Sanchez at the trial.

His testimony helped condemn Sanchez to 33 years plus four months to life imprisonment.

Heron said he spent years without seeing his mother, who lived at the Gouverneur Hospital for a decade before being transferred to a Bronx department. She was paralyzed in all extremities of the shooting, except one, and required full-time assistance from health workers throughout her life.

Heron said he cut off all communication with his grandmother.

“I never talked to her. I hated her. I couldn’t deal with it. I have not forgiven her. I didn’t want to hear the explanations, ”he said.

Heron said he was surprised to learn in January that Sanchez was scheduled to be released, as he had been pressuring the Brooklyn district attorney to issue a new murder charge after his mother’s death.

“I had the impression that they were moving forward with a new murder case and just to realize that he was going to leave?” When asked about the case, the district attorney’s office indicated that he would not make a new charge of murder against Sánchez.

“The accused old man in this case has already spent 34 years in prison for fatally shooting a man and injuring his wife,” a prosecutor spokesman wrote.

“The tragic death, as well as the severity of the woman’s wounds, were considered when she received the long sentence. Now he is deported, and a new conviction would not have resulted in a significant addition to the time he had already served, “the Public Ministry said.

The January notice of Sanchez’s release came to Heron with a letter of apology in which his father’s murderer claimed that the shooting was in self-defense.

“They got angry and attacked me and I had to defend myself,” Sanchez wrote in the letter written in 2016.

He also claimed that he found God in prison.

“I am not trying to say that I am the victim, no, because what I did was against the Law of God and against the Law of men,” he wrote. “For my redemption, I am working for the grace of God as a deacon in the Protestant Church in Otisville, New York.”

In 2016, Sanchez was denied parole and appeared before the meeting again in July 2018, when members questioned him about his relationship with Fonseca.

Despite his claims to find God, Sanchez had numerous infractions in prison, including one for harassment.

The board denied Sanchez’s probation in the United States, but granted him probation only for deportation, a program that allows U.S. immigration officials to release criminals who have served their minimum sentences in their home countries. Federal authorities deported Sánchez to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

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