An illegal alien who allegedly killed a woman in a hit and run accident is free to roam the streets without posting bail thanks to a newly implemented law in New York.
“In Long Island, New York, Jorge Flores-Villalba, a 27-year-old illegal alien, was arrested after he reportedly confessed that he had hit and killed a mother of three on Christmas Eve,” Law Enforcement Today said.
According to CBS New York, the state’s new bail reform law “eliminates bail for all misdemeanors and most non-violent felonies.” Apparently, hit and run resulting in death is placed in the category of “non-violent felonies.”
The victim was Marie “Rosie” Osai, a legal Haitian immigrant and mother of three.
Flores-Villalba allegedly hit her and fled the scene on Christmas Eve. When he was caught by police, he admitted to the crime and said that he was afraid to stop at the scene of the accident or call authorities for help because he did not have a license.
“I was driving and I did strike a person. I didn’t call the police. I was afraid because I don’t have a license,” he reportedly said.
He was booked on one felony charge of fleeing the scene of a deadly accident, but released on his own recognizance on Christmas Day. All he had to do was promise that he will show up for his first court appearance in early January.
Flores-Villalba was released even though New York’s bail reform law does not go into effect until Jan. 1. Law Enforcement Today said that the law will be applied retroactively, meaning that anyone currently being held on bail for misdemeanors and “non-violent felonies” will be released on Wednesday, the first of the year.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, thinks the new law is just.
He reportedly said that he does not believe that “a person’s freedom while awaiting trial should depend on how much money is in their bank account.”
The Democrats in the state legislature in Albany defended the law by saying that, at the discretion of a judge, those released without posting bail can be electronically monitored while they are roaming the streets awaiting trial.
New York Senator James Tedesco of the state’s 49th district, a Republican, disagrees with the new law. He posted a list of crimes for which defendants will now be released without bail or bond: