Fugitive in 10-year-old homicide case arrested in Mexico
A fugitive accused of criminally negligent homicide due to a 2007 crash that killed two people, including a sheriff's deputy, has been arrested in Mexico.
Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio, 29, was arrested Dec. 21 in the state of Michoacan on an arrest warrant.
On June 16, 2007, the vehicle he was driving hit a Marion County Sheriff's deputy patrol car driving in the opposite direction on Highway 99E south of Woodburn. The patrol car caught fire and the occupant, Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene. De Jesus Ascencio's passenger, Oscar Ascencio Amaya, 19, also died in the crash.
De Jesus Ascencio was indicted Aug. 3, 2007, on two counts of criminally negligent homicide, but fled to Mexico before his arraignment.
In 2010 the Marion County District Attorney's Office filed an Article IV prosecution which allows certain crimes committed in the U.S. to be prosecuted by the Mexican judicial system. A Mexican arrest warrant was issued for De Jesus Ascencio, who was then arrested Jan. 20 of this year in the state of Puebla. He was transported to Baja California where he was accidentally released in February. The warrant for De Jesus Ascencio remained valid allowing for his Dec. 21 arrest.
More information will be released as it is made available.