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Arenas' bond remains at $1 million for shooting
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One million dollars stands between Gregorio Arenas and freedom as the court refused to lower his bond pending sentencing next month for his actions surrounding the shooting death of Albertano Guerro Trejo.
Even if Arenas, 29, were able to raise the $1 million to spring himself from jail until his Oct. 9 sentencing date, he would not be allowed to go far as immigration officials have placed a hold on him. The hold means he will be taken into federal custody once he steps foot outside Warren County Jail, possibly to be deported back to his native Mexico given his questionable immigration status.
Arenas will likely be released on time served when he appears before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley next month for sentencing. He was convicted on lesser charges of aggravated assault, coercion of a witness, and reckless endangerment, the jury verdict leaving prosecutors scratching their heads.
Arenas was tried on the charge of first-degree murder as prosecutors believed he was the man who pulled the trigger, gunning down Trejo in front of his home at Cotten Apartments. Proof in the case suggested the confrontation was over an issue involving a $20 prostitute.
One witness testified he saw Arenas shoot Trejo. However, the defense pointed out the witness originally denied seeing anything when police first arrived.
Prosecutors said Arenas threatened witnesses with a gun after shooting the victim, his actions prompting witnesses to deny seeing anything when they were first questioned.
It was that threat that Arenas was convicted of committing while he was acquitted on all the charges concerning the murder. Arenas maintained the friend who was with him that night, known only as El Pollo (The Chicken) was the one who shot Trejo. El Pollo was never found for questioning.
Arenas has been in jail since shortly after the shooting in the summer of 2012. Should he still owe time after sentencing, his release date would be given to immigration officials so they can intercept him before he leaves the local jail. If he is deported, any return to the United States would be considered a felony punishable by five years in prison.