The elder half of a father-son duo who managed for nine years to remain free after murdering one human smuggler and leaving a second for dead has received double life prison sentences.
Like a baddie undone by Shaggy and Scooby, 60-year-old Manuel Hernandez Juarez could have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for his son telling Oregon cops about the Santa Ana shootings in 2000 after getting picked up for DUI. At the time Juarez's son spilled the beans, dead ol' dad was moments away from being deported.
Juarez was living in Santa Ana in April 2000 when he agreed to pay $1,500 to Victor Manuel Camacho and Jose Luz Garcia to bring a group that included his son Huber Juarez Vasquez across the border illegally. They picked a spot behind a Santa Ana Burger King as the drop-off spot.
What the coyotes did not know was the elder Juarez had stolen a legal resident's identity, using it to obtain a California's driver's license and two guns that he had hidden behind the B.K.
When he first locked eyes on his son on the drop-off date, he slipped his pride and joy one gun and used to other to shoot Camacho in the chest. Camacho died right there. Huber Vasquez shot Garcia in the abdomen before the father and son fled. Neither realized they had left behind a survivor.
It remained a cold-case shootings until Huber in September 2009 made his confession to the Oregon cops, who alerted their Santa Ana counterparts. Juarez was then traced to a Kern County detention facility where he was awaiting deportation after completing a sentence on an unrelated crime. An immigration hold was immediately granted.
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Huber, of Woodland, Ore., was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison last March.
Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes sentenced Juarez Friday to 50 years to life in prison, which holds out the possibility for parole but Huber's Old Man will be a very old man before he gets to even apply.