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February 23, 2024

Soros-backed DA In Austin Blasted When A Man Accused Of Committing His 7th DUI And Killing 2 People Was Freed

Soros-backed DA In Austin Blasted When A Man accused Of Committing His 7th DUI And Killing 2 People Was Freed

The community is criticising Austin’s progressive district attorney after a man who is suspected of killing two people while driving under the influence for the seventh time was released on bail and is now on the streets.

Soros-backed DA In Austin Blasted When A Man accused Of Committing His 7th DUI And Killing 2 People Was Freed

According to Fox 7 Austin, 52-year-old Roberto Rangel was detained in Travis County, Texas, last year on suspicion of his seventh DUI, which led to the demise of Mark Narvaez, 23, and Kate Garcia, 22.

Rangel allegedly drove out of an Austin Chick-fil-A parking lot at 2:45 a.m. and parked his car sideways in the road. Rangel has been convicted of DUIs dating back to 1989 and has been sentenced to more than 14 years in jail.

Narvaez and Garcia were killed when a motorbike collided with a parked car. According to reports, Rangel was too drunk to take part in a sobriety test at the location.

A few months after his arrest, Rangel’s charge was dropped to DWI, according to Fox 7 Austin, and his bond was lowered from $100,000 to $10,000 before he was freed. Earlier this year, Rangel’s bail conditions were also loosened, and his portable alcohol monitor was taken away.

“We don’t understand why he’s out,” Elida Zamora, Garcia’s mother, told Fox 7 Austin this week.

“I think that a guy like him is basically making a mockery out of our legal system,” Mark Narvaez’s father, Hector, told the outlet.

Residents of Austin, who are tired of Garza’s progressive agenda, expressed their displeasure at Rangel’s release in response to news of it.

“A precise example of how DA Jose Garza’s policies are DIRECTLY threatening public safety,” Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak posted on X. “Imagine a DA office REDUCING charges for someone arrested for their 6th DUI.”

While Garza’s office did oppose to decreasing Rangel’s bond in July, Austin criminal defence lawyer Daniel Betts, a Republican challenging Garza for Travis County DA, told Fox News Digital that the agency ought to have pressed for a more serious charge than DWI in the first place.

“Yet another example of how every day, in every way, Jose Garza works to make our community less safe,” Betts said. “While he pays lip service to victims, he fails to protect the community and uphold the law on a multiple homicide, not even bothering to attempt to indict it as anything other than a simple DWI. Travis County has been sold a bill of goods, and it’s time that the voters wake up to reality and show him the door.”

According to an unnamed Austin Police officer, cops are “frustrated if not more” since these kinds of incidents occur “day in and day out,” which has an ongoing effect on the victims of these catastrophes.

“Very avoidable tragedies too often caused by the prosecution side of the house. For the last three years, we have seen that side falter and fail under Jose and Delia Garza’s policies,” the officer said. “It’s time our citizens pay attention, educate themselves  and vote for public safety … so they and the visitors of our great city get the public safety they deserve.”

DA Garza has already been under fire for the way his office has prosecuted a number of crimes, including drunk driving. Many in the community were incensed when a guy who admitted to driving under the influence and crashed into a female passenger’s death received a 10-day jail term last year.

“Another example of Travis County prosecutors going easy on violent criminals,” the Austin Police Association, a union representing more than 1,800 Austin Police officers, tweeted in response to the sentence. “Victims lives are marginalized. Where is the justice for the families & loved ones of the victim?”

The Austin Police Retired Officers Association President, Dennis Farris, told Fox News Digital that this circumstance “again proves that this district attorney has no business in office.”

“He has no experience prosecuting cases, and you’ve got somebody who has been arrested for DWI seven times,” Farris said. “He should have been in prison already anyway. He was out, he was driving and he killed two people. And this district attorney has allowed this guy, they didn’t push for a high enough bar to keep this guy in jail.

“This guy should have been charged with murder, not just intoxication manslaughter. He should have been charged with murder. And this guy should not be out walking the streets because he’s been arrested seven times for DWI. He’s got a problem.” 

Fox News Digital requested a statement from Garza’s office but did not hear back.

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