OMAHA, NE (Nebraska Radio Network) – It was in January of 2016 that Sarah Root of Omaha was hit and killed by an illegal immigrant in Omaha. He posted a $5,000 bond and skipped town. Officials never want a situation like that to happen again.
A $1 million dollar bond was set today for an illegal immigrant accused of motor vehicle homicide. Police say 19-year-old Vismar Carmona-Martinez slammed into the back of 67 year old Ann Smock’s vehicle in south Omaha on New Year’s Day. His blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.
Jim Masteller is a prosecutor with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and the defendant is a flight risk and they had to make sure that sufficient bond was set.
Masteller says, “It is so important that everyone involved in the system do their part and our part is working with the local ICE officials to make sure we have accurate immigration information. It is our responsibility to make sure we let the judge know that so the judge has all the relevant information necessary to set a bond that is appropriate. That was done in this case. We are very pleased with the bond set.”
Carmona-Martinez will have to pay 10% of the $1 million, or $100,000 to get out on bond and Masteller believes that amount will be impossible for the defendant to pay.
Carmona-Martinez is a citizen of Mexico. His preliminary hearing is set for February 5th.