Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

April 26, 2018

Lars: It has been an interesting fourth full week in the month of April when it comes to criminal aliens here in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

This week we take a look at for your radio listeners at a foreign national convicted and sentenced for the crimes of aggravated murder and robbery in the State of Oregon.

On Monday, January 22, 2018 Edwin Enoc Lara (SID: 20751245; DOB: 04/20/1985), age 32, pled guilty to the crime of Aggravated Murder and Robbery in connection with the death Kaylee Anne Sawyer, age 23, in a Deschutes County Circuit Court room in Bend, Oregon.

Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge A. Michael Adler sentenced Edwin Enoc Lara to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A plea deal between the Deschutes County prosecutors and Edwin Enoc Lara’s attorneys saved him from going to trial in a death penalty case.

Some background information:

Kaylee Anne Sawyer, a college student, was murdered on July 24, 2016 by a Central Oregon Community College (COCC) security guard Edwin Enoc Lara.

Edwin Enoc Lara, while on duty as a COCC security guard, abducted Kaylee Anne Sawyer as she walked across the college campus by placing her in the back of a COCC security vehicle.

While Kaylee Anne Sawyer was in the back of the Central Oregon Community College’s security vehicle the COCC security guard Edwin Enoc Lara strangled her.

To end 23-year old Kaylee Anne Sawyer’s life, COCC security guard Edwin Enoc Lara crushed her head with a rock.

Jamie Sawyer, Kaylee Anne Sawyer father, stated at the sentencing of Edwin Enoc Lara for the murder of Sawyer’s daughter, that law enforcement investigators involved in the case recommended to him not to view the body of Kaylee Anne Sawyer, her face was “unrecognizable.”

During the pre trial background investigation of the case against Edwin Enoc Lara for the murder of Kaylee Anne Sawyer information was disclosed that Lara was a citizen of Honduras.

Edwin Enoc Lara is currently incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system at the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) located near Ontario, Oregon.

Wanting to know the actual current immigration status of Edwin Enoc Lara, I contacted via e-mail on Monday, April 23, 2018 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell to investigate if he was illegally present in the United States of America.

On the morning of Thursday, April 26, 2018 here is what ICE Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell had to say via e-mail in response to my inquiry for information on Edwin Enoc Lara:

“Here’s a statement from ICE on Mr. Lara-Mejia.”

“On Feb. 3, ICE lodged a detainer with the Oregon Department of Corrections on Edwin Enoc Lara-Mejia, a citizen of Honduras, following his conviction and subsequent sentence to life in prison without parole for aggravated murder. While the Oregon Department of Corrections will not hold aliens past their scheduled release time, the department does notify ICE of an alien’s impending release so ICE can make arrangements to transfer the alien into ICE custody.

“ICE previously encountered Lara-Mejia in August 2016 at the Deschutes County Jail when he was charged with four counts of murder; however, in accordance with immigration law, the agency did not lodge a detainer at that time because Lara-Mejia had not yet been convicted of any crimes that would qualify him for removal, given his status in the U.S.” – Carissa Cutrell

Analysis of the preceding information:

The statement from ICE Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell reveals considerable information about the immigration status of Edwin Enoc Lara-Mejia:

First, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is checking the immigration status of inmates incarcerated in the Oregon Department of prison system.

“On Feb. 3 “ICE lodged a detainer with the Oregon Department of Corrections on Edwin Enoc Lara-Mejia, a citizen of Honduras, following his conviction and subsequent sentence to life in prison without parole for aggravated murder.”

Second, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is cooperating at a significant level with ICE.

“While the Oregon Department of Corrections will not hold aliens past their scheduled release time, the department does notify ICE of an alien’s impending release so ICE can make arrangements to transfer the alien into ICE custody.”

Third, ICE officers are checking out the identities of foreign nationals like Edwin Enoc Lara-Mejia while they are incarcerated in local county jails and correctional facilities and who have been charged with local crimes.

“ICE previously encountered Lara-Mejia in August 2016 at the Deschutes County Jail when he was charged with four counts of murder; however, in accordance with immigration law, the agency did not lodge a detainer at that time because Lara-Mejia had not yet been convicted of any crimes that would qualify him for removal, given his status in the U.S.”

Finally, what I didn’t learn from ICE Spokesperson Cutrell’s statement is at what level if any the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with ICE on immigration detainers?

A reminder to radio listeners, the State of Oregon has a sanctuary statute (ORS 181A.820) that limits state, county and local law enforcement from cooperating with ICE.

Lars, the fourth full week in the month of April and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 Pacific Northwest radio listeners.

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